This statement cracked me up:
they've got significant assets tied to Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, and Francisco Cordero, who are just better fits for a contender
By all means ... let's get rid of all those players who would fit in nicely on good teams!!!
A lot of the teeth-gnashing about the Reds comes down to people -- including some here -- simply not agreeing with the WAY the Reds build the team. Whether the major league team wins or not is secondary to them. If the Reds win this season, they'll shrug it off as a fluke and unsustainable.
What you come to realize after years of watching and seeing GMs and "approaches" come and go is this: The only thing that matters is the major league team. Minor league rankings and those things don't matter. Find a way to win at the major league level. Free agents, trades, draft-and-develop ... doesn't matter. We can argue about the best way to do it or the best way to sustain it or whatever, but it's just something to talk about.
I'm gving Jocketty a chance because he has seemed to understand that over the years. He understands they don't give trophies for best minor league system or best "organizational depth."