Originally Posted by dougdirt
In general I take age into it.... but in most other organizations Maloney would have had plenty of MLB time already. The Reds system just presented itself with too many other options the last two seasons between Johnny Cueto/Homer Bailey that got the 'bring a rookie up' chances.
I don't think Maloney would have gotten much more of an opportunity on any team other than maybe Washington. It's not like the Reds pitching has been awesome and injury free. Plenty of openings for Maloney to get in if he was really a "prospect." Find 10 guys that pitched their first full season at 26 years old (non-Cuban or Japanese) and turned into a 4th starter for more than a couple of years. It doesn't happen.
Like I said, I will be around for you to say "I told you so" should Maloney become the exception.