Originally Posted by Kc61
If ever a trade analysis was premature, this is it. We'll see about Francisco and about Hoover. They both should get more playing time next season.
I think Walt has shown expertise in building a ballclub with the Reds.
1. Emphasizing pitching and defense to become a playoff team.
2. Trading prospects for veterans when the team was ready to emerge.
3. Then, recognizing certain offensive holes and filling them this off-season.
Very methodical approach and the result is a contending team which should continue to contend for years to come.
You are begging the question for the timing of evaluating trades. I would submit that the fairest way to evaluate a GM's deal is to look at the circumstances at the time of the trade.
If you want to do a post mortem for the benefit of future deals, go for it. But this is a trade of an average/below average glove power hitting corner infielder struggling to get on base and make contact, a trait projected to limit his power impact as a major leaguer, for an immediate impact power reliever with closer potential. That is a smart deal by a GM, one he has made repeatedly--dealing spare parts for something he really needs.