That's the bottom line right there. The Reds are NOT going to contend next year, therefore WMP HAS to play in every game possible. For WMP to play everyday, Casey has to go. It's that simple.
I'm not sure that's the right path, Phil. I agree that chances are the Reds go nowhere next season, but I'd suggest that Smitherman needs to make it or break it and we have time with Pena. Heck, with our injury history, it's possible that Pena racks up 250+ PA even if Smitherman starts in LF.
I agree with moving Casey. Heck, I agree with moving Casey for virtually nothing.
The problem is that this "rumor" puts us in a position of dealing Casey for LESS than nothing (Kevin Jarvis) when there's supposedly a very productive Jason Kendall involved.
Instead, if this rumor is to be believed, I'm keeping Kendall and moving Larue- who should actually have some value to a team desperately needing a decent Catcher.
That's a bit of a net gain in payroll, but it's also a HUGE net gain in actual talent on this team.
I'd suggest that there's more than one way to trade a Casey.