Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
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.
I agree with the principal, but the reality is different. Now, if they can somehow package Alonso and some others to add a TOR starter and not give up any of the core...I'm all for doing it and dumping CoCo to make it work financially.
But dumping CoCo to sign a TOP pitcher isn't realistic. The Reds don't sit high enough in the the pecking order, and won't have the money to win the bidding war if they actually did get a spot at the table.
Unfortunately, the Reds have to develop TOR starters from within, and they don't have that right now. Guys like CoCo and Arroyo, already on the roster, are about as good as they can hope for. No reason to dump their short term contracts for the sake of clearing payroll. You dump bad contracts next offseason to pay for the youngins' raises.