Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
It'd be awfully hard for me to not accept that trade because it'd be an insane starting lineup:
1. CF Stubbs
2. 3B Rolen
3. 1B Votto
4. LF Holliday
5. RF Bruce
6. 2B Phillips
7. SS Whatshisface
8. C Whocares
However, I shudder at the thought of this rotation to start the year:
That's also not to mention a big asset in the bullpen being gone. I think this hypothetical trade would help the team but not as much as people think.
I think you are right, it's not as much as most people would think, but I think it's enough to be worth it.
My calculations make Holliday around a 2 win addition in this scenario.
I think he is worth 5 wins over the Reds current LF situation. He'd be a 6 win player in GABP, and currently, Gomes/Dickerson are about a 1 win platoon.
Harang and Cordero are combined 3 win players at most. Assuming that they are replaced with replacement level talent, that makes the trade a two win deal for the Reds. If they can get a 1 win player for each player, or replace them each with 1 win player, then the trade is s 4 win addition.