Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
Oh wow, so now the Brandon Phillips extension was a mistake.
Arroyo/Cordero/Harang/Phillips all make a lot of money but they have produced. It's not like the Reds threw a bunch of money at some scrubs. Maybe fans should focus on the bad players instead of complaining because the productive players make too much money.
You are truly looking at the whole thing wrong. Again, don't focus on the micro.
If you were given $500k to build a house and it collapsed one year after building it, yet the kitchen and one bathroom were still spectacular since you spent $400k on it, would you sit there and talk about how nice the kitchen was? Or would you find a new place to live?
Phillips has been a great acquisition. The Arroyo trade worked out marvelously. Cordero has performed well as a Red. Harang's extension has not worked out so far since last year was the first year and his performance was lacking. These are indisputable statements.
But when I sit here and say that the Arroyo extension didn't make sense, I am talking about it from the team's perspective. Same with Cordero. Cordero could throw 70 perfect innings this year and be 55 for 55 in saves and it won't make a difference to me unless he is part of a winning ballclub. Investing all that money should contribute to putting a winner on the field. Give me a winning team over a winning acquisition anyday.