Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
I can't say I understand this deal at all. I know Hairston isn't that great but he is a really solid all around bench guy and if you are still trading for vets to help stay in it (Rolen) why trade off probably one of your better bench players? Just doesn't make any sense.
Well, we can't call Hairston a salary dump since he only makes $2m this season so I'd definitely prefer a prospect that was at least a little better. Rolen is signed through 2010 and since he's (sorta) local he maybe receptive to a reasonable extension if 2010 goes well. Hairston is a FA after this season and I think most agree he wouldn't be back next season.
Bottom line, winning season this year, try get into the playoffs in 2010. That's not only all I was hoping for I think that's what the Reds maybe thinking too. Hairston wouldn't be around to help in 2010. He might've been able to help the rest of this season to break the string of losing seasons but maybe they wanted to get a better look at players like Sutton & Janish.