Originally Posted by guttle11
I wouldn't trade them Arroyo, because they won't give you anything. If the Reds want to be successful in 2010, they need Bronson. Would probably do the same for CoCo. Neither are a long term detriment to the organization, and will be vital to any scrappy run to contention that could possibly happen next season..
CoCo is a nice thing to have, but if the Reds want to compete in 2010 or 2011, they're going to need to add a TOR arm. Period, end of story. Walt's #1 goal from here until opening day should be to either convince management to open the wallet for a big arm or shed enough payroll to fit a big arm onto the books. The farm system isn't going to produce one anytime soon (possibly not until Leake comes through in a year or two), so he'll have to go somewhere and get one.
If you can get a team to take Cordero's money off the books, some of Harang's money off the books and some of Taveras' money off the books, you can free the payroll space to add a good pitcher to the mix.
That's job #1. Fix the pitching. The defense is, as of right now, extremely strong around the diamond. The hitting is OK, and you can find instant offense a lot of different places. Fix the pitching, and you can talk about playing meaningful games in August.