Originally Posted by dougdirt
No. I don't think anything that Stewart has done since then has anything to do with the trade.
I was wrong about what Stewart would be. A lot of people were. Our own scouts/his managers/his coaches too.
Doesn't matter. Scott Rolen was demanding a trade to a midwest team and the Blue Jays said they would make it happen. The Reds were the only team at the time who even had room for a third baseman. We were literally the only suitors for him.
How can you overpay if you don't believe what you're giving up will ever amount to anything?
The Reds as an organization were not convinced of Stewart. They said it. Other analysts said it. Sure, perhaps a few scouts and a few teammates liked him. Doesn't mean the whole organization shared that sentiment.
Trades are ultimately about what you give to get. Sure, perception and leverage play a role, but if you're going to argue that results don't matter, then you've created a situation where someone can never be wrong.