Originally Posted by Tom Servo
Maybe I'm biased but I don't see what warrants panning for the deal. Well okay, we probably did give up too much for a team going nowhere, but my point is that Rolen is having a good season and is someone widely recognized as a good talent. It's not exactly like when the going nowhere Pirates went out and traded for below average and overpriced Matt Morris two years ago.
Actually, that might be the trade I would compare it most to. Sure, Morris and Rolen are different players, but their ages and injury histories are comparable. IMO, the Reds--at 45-60--have no place trading for a 35 year-old 3B who is on the downside of his career and then committing the lion's share of their budget wriggle room to said player. At least, they have no business doing that if they actually want to contend any time soon.