Originally Posted by 757690
Well, the Reds did have Alonso and Votto in the majors at the same time just a few years ago.
A good MLB team should be able to produce a nice 1B bat like Rizzo every few years.
It's easier said than done though.
We've kind of gone through this argument about LF and relievers too.
Heck, even backup infielders..
Every club should be able to crank them out.
Reality is that there's a limited number of decent ML talent, and it's not so easy to find a decent 1b.
Before Votto, the Reds really didn't have a great 1b in quite some time.
Casey was decent (but we had to trade Burba for him)
Heck, we even traded for Hal Morris and Benzinger.
I'm trying to remember the last decent 1b before Votto that was homegrown. (I am excluding Alonso, since he was after Votto).. Maybe Esasky, if he counts?
I like this deal for the Cubs. This is the kind of deal they should be making.
Even if Rizzo doesn't produce, they aren't going to be hamstrung by this deal.
I agree that a deal like this for the Reds would be a bit riskier and require some thought.