Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Neither team is trading it's best young talent in the majors for 1/2 year rentals.
CC was acquired for LaPorta. Holliday was acquired for Wallace. Neither has had as much success nor as much potential as Bruce.
I get that you're frustrated FCB. But you are completely misguided if you think the path to the World Series involves trading away your best players.
This Reds team is not like the crappy Reds teams of the last 10 years. This team is brimming with young talent on both sides of the ball that is actually performing at the major league level. It has good talent in AAA ready to supplement this talent. No, it's not a World Series team yet. And if you want to trade some of that up and coming talent for a veteran to improve the 25 man roster, I'm completely on board. But trading a significant chunk of talent and production off the 25 man roster is not the path to making the 25 man roster significantly stronger.
If you want to win in 2010 at the cost of significant future talent, you better do it right. And that means adding a whole lot more than Lee. Find a way to add at least 6 wins and we'd be in the territory of it being worth the risk.
You gotta get 6 wins at some juncture--if not at this deadline (and honestly, how many teams in recent memory have added 6 wins worth of players at the deadline?), then you start all over again in the offseason, when you're trying to match dollars, not just prospects. The Reds lose two average starters this offseason--they're going to chase their own tails just to replace those innings.