Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Wow -- maybe a little perspective is in order. The team trades two prospects and you'd think the sky was falling around here.
Lots of very good young players still abound who can help the Reds in 2010 and beyond. It's not like the sold off everything not nailed down to bring in a 25-man full of 30-something vets.
I'd agree in general, but I think the Rolen deal upsets people because it doesn't seem consistent with a coherent plan to be consistently very good. It seems much more consistent with not having to watch EE throw balls in the dugout and then hear casual fans complain that the Reds are terrible because of EE when the real problem is they can't score any runs and their pitching hasn't been as good as they'd hoped. EE was a problem, but he wasn't a priority problem. By fixing 3rd base at a high price with a name player (albeit a legitimately good, if risky, name player) it appears Walt J or Bob C, or both, are responding to the casual fans at at the expense of the more fundamental issues (SS, CF, LF, and SP).
So, the perspective might be that the Rolen deal was questionable and
it appears to signal that the front office doesn't really get it. The combination causes the angst, not simply the loss of two pitching prospects.