Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
The main target for the Blue Jays was unloading the injured Scott Rolen and his huge salary. Getting the future star EE was gravy. For the Reds, not only did they lose the future star and the prospects they also committed $27 million to Rolen.
There was no "future star EdE" in the 2009 deal. There was only "future waiver wire fodder EdE."
Now, waiver wire Ed had value. The fault, if any, lies in not recognizing that.
The "Zack Stewart Cy Young" argument is a lot more compelling than anything related to EdE's inclusion in the deal.