Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
You know who people sound like here....and I respect and like them.... but they sound like Mike Brown used to back before Lewis came along.
He would talk about having to think about next year or the year after next...when asked why with such a big cap gap they were not spending. Always worried more about the next few years and never in the NOW.
For once.....this team is in the NOW.
While I would hope Walt would not have to include a Grandal or Brox or the 2nd coming of Joe Morgan at 2nd base.....if it had to be done...then it's done.
I expect more out of Walt than calling about Latos or calling about Marshall and then saying, "Name your price." You expect a little negotiation to drop their trade demands, or at least get another player or two in return.
And when the Reds are rebuilding in a couple years, we'll be watching those "minor leaguers" (Alonso and Wood) they gave up and kicking ourselves just as we do every time we watch Josh Hamilton step to the plate. I have heard NOTHING about Latos that I didn't hear four or five years ago about Volquez, yet here we are in 2011, glad someone took Volquez off the Reds' hands.
And I have no reason to think that Wood could not have given the Reds pretty much the same production out of the bullpen that the Reds will get out of Marshall. I have seen hundreds of numbers and exotic sounding statistics thrown around in this thread proving why Marshall is so superior. But Travis Wood is only 25 years old and only one and a half years of major league ball under his belt. Of course he is going to be a little inconsistent.
And I was here for the Lee May trade. The difference being is that today, the Reds are like the Astros then. The Astros gave up young talent to get Lee May and Tommy Helms and get immediately better. How'd that work out for them? Meanwhile, the Reds got a motley crew of young unknown talents and won two World Series. Well, this week the Reds have given up a motley crew of young unknown talent.
I was here for the BRM. I know there are folks on this board who have never see the Reds win a World Series in their lifetimes and want to see it happen at all costs NOW. But I have seen four World Series appearances in an eight year run, including two consecutive World Series wins. What I found was that the Reds were "going for it now" EVERY year from 1970-1977. Once you have experienced a dynasty as Reds fans did the BRM, you are never again satisfied with an isolated WS appearance once every 20-25 years. Of course I want them to win in 2012 AND 2013. But I also expect them to make decisions in 2011 that will set them up to win in 2014-2020 as well.
However, every decision the FO has made this week has communicated one message: " Let's go for it in 2012, because after that, we are gonna be bad for a LONG time."