Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
So move him to a different position. He already proved to be a very capable hitter, as far as we knew.
To suggest it was a salary dump is really grasping at straws.
Move him to another position? As in to replace Brandon Phillips, Edwin Encarnacion, or Scott Hatteberg/Joey Votto? He didn't play good defense, he was becoming expensive/overpaid, and on top of that, he had character issues. He was an offense-first shortstop with decent-but-not-great numbers. He had a lot of promise but simply wasn't all that good. The Reds made the right move in cutting bait with him. Could they have gotten a better return? Probably. But it was an addition by subtraction. I'd say the same about Kearns. You can say it was a bad trade in terms of the return they got, but overall, it helped the team in the long run. It saved them over $18M within the first couple years of trading them, and they needed the money to extend Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. It was supposed to help the Reds get to the playoffs--and admittedly, it hurt them in 2006--but it was also supposed to be a big-picture move for the future, and it worked out in that sense.