Originally Posted by drowg14
It still doesn't make much sense in win now mode. The pitching is hurt almost as much as the lineup is improved. Willingham won't be any better than Ludwick was last year, so the only improvement would be at leadoff with Span. You can find a leadoff hitter for much cheaper than the Herschell Walker package outlined in the article.
Not to mention the money. You are sending out about $2M in major league contracts and absorbing $15.5M in major league contracts. I'm not sure the Reds have $13.5M total this offseason to spend to address their current needs without creating new ones. They would need to sign another catcher because as much as I love Hanigan, he's not an every day guy. They would either need to sign a closer and move Chapman to the rotation or obtain another starter because it would not be smart to depend solely on Cingrani at the #5 spot. I would still consider the bench thin with the only improvement being the 39 year old Carroll over Valdez/Cairo. Just a bad trade all around