Originally Posted by Eric_the_Red
I don't follow you. How does Alonso make essentially the same team from last year worse? I think Bruce improves, perhaps even Stubbs and Heisey too. The defense improves with Janish playing SS, and hopefully the young pitchers can step forward to improve also.
Trading Alonso may improve the team this year, but what happens when Votto goes somewhere else? I want to team to experience sustained success, not just a two year window.
Because the window as it has been set up is the next 3 seasons at best, time to ante up now, win and worry about that when the time comes. If they win now they will be in a better position to extend Joey when it comes up to help the winning to continue.