Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
Hard to argue with Rolen deal. Addresses a need and understands the current limitations of the minor league development system.
Balentien and Hairston deals are essentially zilcho deals.
C because I think there were other deals to be made.
I agree with your take, but graded it more harshly (D). The reason being, I also believe there were other major deals to be made. If you're going to cave on Toronto's demands for a guy with Rolen's limited vale to this team, why not do it back when the Reds were still within striking distance of the NL Central leaders? To wait this long, and still pay the premium price smacks of desperation. There seems to be precious little bigger picture plan here, and there desperately needs to be, because otherwise acquiring Rolen is a single drop of water in an ocean of necessary moves (and a very costly drop at that).