Originally Posted by M2
That kind of thinking is what sends you into the basement for a decade. First off, you don't know who's going to be around a few years down the road. The Reds still have Bronson Arroyo. Brandon Claussen went belly up real fast.
The surest path to becoming a real team is to start acting like a real team. Otherwise you're forever aiming for three-to-four years down the road.
Arroyo was a clear keeper after 2006, more so than Jed Lowrie, I'd say. If the Astros are wrong on Lowrie and other decisions on who to keep, they will fail at rebuilding. The Reds did a great job keeping who they needed to 2008 and beyond. And here we are. Time will tell if the Astros know what they're doing. I'll say again, I agree it's probably unwise to forgo FA opportunities that may exist in the name of dogmatic rebuilding. This talk of trading their 3 million dollar man seems evidence they may have gone over the crazy side.