Originally Posted by cincrazy
We are only four back, but this team has given no indication all season it's capable of going on an extended run. Yes, it has some talent. But its flaws have proven to be too much at this point. At the end of the day, the Cards still have Pujols, Holliday, Berkman, Carpenter, and Garcia to fall back on. The Brewers have Fielder, Weeks, Hart, Braun, Marcum, Greinke, Gallardo. The Reds have, Bruce, Votto, Cueto... and who? We just don't have the difference makers the other teams possess. The race isn't over. But it's an uphill climb for sure.
Thats similar to my take. The Reds are not a good team. Yes they have some talent but they have way too many holes. They also have a management that has been near comatose since the 2009-2010 off season. IMO the Cards are the team that is most likely to add talent. It wouldn't shock me at all to hear them add Hardy, a closer or another TOR/MOR arm. I can't imagine that they Brewers wouldn't add a piece since they are a bit 'all in' with Fielder gone after the season. Yet I doubt that the Reds will make any serious moves. So we are 4 back in a weak division. But we don't have the talent to win it, especially when our competition isn't going to sit on their hands. So why not turn the page & look into making deal or two now? Honestly other than Ramon the guys we are looking to deal aren't going to help us this year anyway. and Mes seems ready to replace Ramon.
lets say the team...
1) traded Ramon for a AA second baseman. called up Mes
2) dumped Coco & Gomes for a touch of salary relief (the Reds picking up most but not all of their remaining salaries). made Masset the closer. called up Frazier.
3) was able to package Wood/Volquez plus Alonso plus a spare part for a rotation upgrade. someone better than Cueto.
Is that really punting 2011? sure 2011 Ramon probably beats 2011 Mes. Gomes does crush lefties & has his uses. But its not a fire sale. its deciding that the current team and current strategy is not going to get it done. and if the team isn't willing to really add cash to the payroll now (thereby being able to acquire players without giving up as much minor league talent) then IMO middling along with the current team is a dumb strategy. its not going to win anything of significance in 2011 nor does it help for next year.