Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Leake for Choo is a "loss" on the value front straight up in my opinion, due to the years and money. However, it makes the Reds a markedly better team in 2012, assuming his defensive performance (as measured by UZR) was an abberation. If there's a reasonable chance he can be resigned/extended as some point prior to hitting the FA market, I'd be game. If it were just a 1 year rental, I'd be more inclined to go the prospect route.
I would certainly not, however, trade Leake and Cigrani and more for Choo unless he was signing an extension the day he landed in Cincinnati.
I don't get this. First off Choo is a much better player on a year to year basis that Leake. I don't think there is any doubting it. You also have to take into consideration that as of right now the Reds have pitching depth on both the major league club as well as the minors. If the Reds are high on Cingrani as well as Corcino they have help now in the upper minors as well as some exciting arms in the low minors. So what role does Leake have on this team if he is the 6th starter on a team that doesn't really have a role for him?
The Reds have a need in the OF. They have a pressing need to fix their CF position with help hopefully on the horizon. I don't understand the value of weighing 3 years of Leaking pitching as a MOR or BOR starter when the Reds seem to have that role filled. They have a pressing need to improve the offense in the OF and add another LH bat. If Leake provides more value to the Indians in year 2 and 3 than Choo does to the Reds than so be it. IMO they need to be focused on the here and now.