Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
I'm saying I don't care if he isn't a finished product. Lee makes the Reds a lot closer to a WS contender than Bruce.
Put it this way: without Lee and with Bruce, then the Reds are certainly not a WS contender this year--or next year, or the year after that. Who knows when they will be? WS contention isn't currently inside this organization. Maybe they draft a Lincecum and get over that hump in the meantime, but I doubt it.
If its this year, then I agree. But Jay Bruce certainly could help the Reds be a WS contender in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is likely to be among the 5 best right fielders in the game over that period of time. You simply can't trade a guy like that for 2.5 months of anyone.