Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
You know...I get ripped for bringing that trade up and how....anyone should care about AAA fodder like him and now yes...it would be nice to still have him. He might be just some LOOGY or a replaceable LH out of the pen, but he sure is a lot better than some thought.
Well, evertime you bring it up you make it seem like the Reds committed a sin. The facts are:
1. He aged out as a minor league free agent with the Reds
2. The Reds managed to sign him to a minor league deal that ANY TEAM COULD HAVE OUTBID THE REDS FOR.
3. The Reds traded him for a bench player that they felt they needed
Horst pitched his best after essentially every team passed up on him. It's difficult to be critical of a move the Reds made that basically every team showed no indication of pursuing. He had a nice season, but we can probably stop acting like this was an obvious move that the Reds performed badly in pursuing.