Originally Posted by TRF
EE is an athletic ballplayer that was playing out of position. He's pretty good at 1B would probably be average in LF and he has a cannon for an arm. [snip]
Roenicke was certainly replaceable, but it isn't like he's junk. He's had success, though not GREAT success. He manages to keep working at the MLB level. Stewart is the disappointment, BUT AT THE TIME her was considered one of the Reds top prospects.
That is three players for one guy without a single full season as a Red.
The way I see it, the Reds traded three guys that had no value to the Reds for one guy that had great value to them. (Must resist analogy
IMO, Rolen solidifying the cleanup slot in 2010 won the trade for the Reds.
I doubt they make the 2010 playoffs without Rolen. I'll gladly trade 3 marginal guys for a playoff appearance any chance I get.
EdE was a bat fit for the Reds.
He was given many more chances than he deserved. He would've probably never thrived here, even in LF.. My guess is that he needed the shock of being nearly out of baseball to help turn himself around. The two pitching prospects will never be missed.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!