Originally Posted by Joseph
Thanks for the affirmation folks. Obviously if this was a single year draft this is way too high for Beckham, but as this is set up as a long term keeper league type deal I think we all have reconsidered our priorities. Solid vets like Jeter are still out there, but young kids like Beckham and others are coming off in hopes of putting together a dynasty. Yeah there certainly are players who would have given more production THIS year, but for years to come the gamble obviously is that he has a lot to offer.
Ran across an interesting article in today's Cincinnati Enquirer about how many Reds fans feel the Reds should have taken Beckham with their 8th pick in the first round that year instead of Yonder Alonso. Valid points are made that no one knew Joey Votto would be THIS good and the offensive talents of Alonso made him just too good to pass up. If I have 2 guys of somewhat similar collegiate talent, I take the one that offers greater position flexibilty (Beckham) and with the Reds having nobody in the pipeline at that time at 3rd and using starter Edwin Encarnacion, I would have thought the Reds would have indeed taken Gordon Beckham. Oh well, the Reds also passed on drafting Derek Jeter and Tim Lincecum so not drafting Beckham certainly isn't a surprise.