Originally Posted by Bumstead
Janish is 27 years old and hasn't hit at all since A ball...why does anyone think he is going to "develop" further? C'mon, at best he is a utility infielder. I don't know why people want to hold onto guys like Janish and Rosales. We finally sign someone that actually be a MLB SS and finally dump Taveras and people still aren't happy...I'm ecstatic. Managements' expectations are rising and our expectations should rise as well. The future's almost so bright that I have to wear shades...
I think that Reds fans have been trained to look so favorably at prospects as the big hope for turning the team around. When a prospect gets traded or pushed to the bench, even a mediocre one.. it really shakes some people.
There's this undercurrent that the prospect would've succeeded if only given more patience. Look at all the love and patience EdE recieved throughout his career, relative to his performance. If EdE was a veteran FA that the club signed, he would've been as hated almost as much as Wily and Patterson.
But since EdE spent time in the farm system, and had a lot of potential, we were willing to overlook the fact that he was never going to learn how to field 3b. I was as guilty as anyone. I guess it's part of the psychocology of fandom.. To some, losing Zach Stewart, Rosales, etc is difficult to swallow, because they symbolized hope.
I'm not trying to be melodramic here. I don't think anyone is saying they dislike the OCab signing. But, IMO, we are fooling ourselves by reading all this stat analysis that says Janish might be equal to OCab. I think it's more likely that OCab gets a rebound on defense in 2010 than Janish suddenly learns how to hit.