Just a couple random musings on this;
* We don't know who was highly valued at what time. Zach Stewart may have been highly valued here. He may have been highly value by Baseball America (even though he wasn't a top prospect.) Clearly, and it is beyond my comprehension how this could be disputed, however this did not translate to actual value in baseball. Toronto had no qualms shipping him off for chaff to Chicago shortly after. He's been released multiple times now.
* Comparing Edwin Encarnacion at the time of the trade to Rolen is laughable. Edwin was a marginally useful hitter and a black hole as a defender. He also had an attitude problem. He contributed to the culture of losing that had set in the entire previous decade in Cincinnati. Bringing in Rolen cured that problem. By the way, Encarnacion's supposed range was always a myth. And no, he would not be a good LF, or useful as a 1B. He always carried his defensive shortcomings to the plate with him and let it affect his bat.
* Clearly Edwin was not very highly valued by all of baseball given that he was released by Toronto, signed by Oakland, and then released again to go back to Toronto all in the same offseason. That he was able to break out as a plus offensive player was a flukey find for Toronto.
They don't think it be like it is, but it do.
Originally Posted by Larry Schuler
He has also taught me that even when the Reds win it is important to focus on the fact that they could have lost.