Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
I agree. Lee's excellent of course, but seriously, how many additional wins are we talking here? 4 wins is not worth losing some serious talent over the long haul. And that long term vision is what needs to be kept in the picture.
Our long-term vision is at 15 years and counting.
The young core of this team is Votto, Bruce, Phillips, Stubbs, Cueto Leake, Bailey, Chapman. None of them would be touched in any of these proposed deals for Cliff Lee. Alonso is a decent positional prospect blocked at the only position he can play. Heisey looks like he has the potential to be a soild major leaguer, but certainly not a star. Francisco? Who knows? And Wood is a pitching prospect -- and you know what they say about pitching prospects.
Look, the object of the game is to win the World Series. That's why these guys play the game and why guys like Walt do the jobs they do. Is there a chance that the Reds could trade for Cliff Lee and miss the playoffs? Of course. There's a chance they could trade for him, make the playoffs, but miss out on the World Series. There are no guarantees. But you have to go for it. You can't choose the year -- the year chooses you.
I'm a Celtics fan. I remember when they traded Al Jefferson for Kevin Garnett -- I wasn't happy. I felt like we were trading 10 years of a budding star big man for a three-year window of unlikely championship aspirations. Well, one title and one Finals appearance later, I can happily admit I was wrong. Sure, KG is on his last legs and the window appears to be closing -- but they won the title. That's what it's all about.
Honestly, I can't believe there's this much resistance to the prospect of trading for Lee. Because of Yonder Alonso and Travis Wood???? Really?