Re: Bill Bray non-tendered
Saving money only means something if it is reinvested to either obtain other players or help key important parts of the team when existing payroll is maxed.
Trading Kearns and Lopez did nothing at the time to explore either of those.
It was an awful trade at the time, and really, even in hindsight. There's just no way they got fair value at the time of the trade, and it directly hurt our playoff chances that year.
The fact that Lopez and Kearns had pretty bad careers after the trade helps ease the pain, and perhaps shows some foresight on the Reds part in targeting them as tradeable parts, but the bottom line yielded nothing positive for the Reds.