Originally Posted by Kingspoint
This is a 'state-of-the-franchise' question.
With that trade, I have no idea what direction the franchise is going. It was very clear before that. 2010 and 2011 and 2012 were clear in my mind.
To me, the boat's adrift right now.
Can anyone tell me where this ship is going?
Have you ever seen Stewart pitch?
There has been a whole lot of moaning and groaning about a relief pitcher who very few have actually seen pitch. Even if you think he will become a starter, it will still take him 2 years to build up the arm strength to start.
This is the first legit trade for a major league caliber player using minor leaguers since the Greg Vaughn trade in 1999. This is the first trade for a legit major leaguer since the Ken Griffy trade in 2000. The Reds have tried the FA method, they have tried promoting from within, they have tried trading for scraps and turning them into good big leaguers, none of these methods have worked in the past 10 years. So the Reds go out and trade for a top 20 3b in the history of baseball, who probably has 2-3 productive years left and many are questioning the motives of the front office.