Originally Posted by kpresidente
"Who got the better end of the deal?" and "Was it a good deal for the Reds?" are two different questions. We may have gotten the better end because the Jays were also too stupid to know what they had in Encarnacion, but that doesn't change the fact that the Reds would be better today had we not made the deal and kept EE instead.
Wrong. Encarnacion would have no job on the current Reds team. In fact, he probably would have been released after the 2009 season. The team was not going to let him play 3B anymore and it was not going to stick him in the OF (no one ever is for any duration).
It's a fever dream to think there was some scenario in which the Reds would have kept Encarnacion.