Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
The Trade saved the Reds several million dollars and resulted in extending Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo. And let's not ignore the fact that Bray had a couple solid years. Meanwhile, FeLo and Kearns haven't done much. It hurt the team in 2006 but has helped them ever since.
Let THE OBVIOUS be said, let THE OBVIOUS be done. The naysayers, the "I do not care the REDS were wrong crowd"... let them read the above-statement. Chew on it for a bit. Then try to say with a straight face that the REDS got the short-end or that the Nats came out ahead or even that it was a wash. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Three words are all I need. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS for what? Go ahead and google up the stats of your fav players AK and FeLo. But wait... the REDS could have gotten so much more talent for these two MILLIONS OF DOLLARS players (one that the Nats released lol). Prove it.
And to the "hurt them in 2006"? It makes me think of a famous Ralph Kiner story. Ralph played for ther woeful Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1940s and early 1950s. After Ralph won his 7th consecutive HR title he asked for a salary raise. GM Branch Rickey responded to Ralph's request with, "We finished in 8th place with you, we can finish in 8th place without you." The REDS were 4 GB of the Cardinals when the trade happened (7-13-2006)... 5 weeks later they were tied for 1st place (8-24-2006).