Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
True, the trade ended up saving them some money because the players they received were so terrible that they failed to earn any raises and were eventually released. The trade was not designed to save money. That was never part of their rationale for making the trade. The Reds were in a pennant race at the time and were not trying to purge salary. The trade was made with the idea of improving the team for the stretch run and it failed miserably. The Reds earned a lot of laughs around the league for getting taken to the cleaners by Jim Bowden.
I don't see how you can be so sure about that. I don't think it was any coincidence that Kearns and Lopez were about to hit their arbitration years, and that point was even brought up at the time of the trade.