Originally Posted by mth123
In looking at the Reds three most recent major transactions, it takes multiple top end prospects to get a good pitcher (Alonso, Grandal, Boxberger, Volquez for Latos). Even a good reliever requires surrendering a lot of organizational depth (Wood, Sappelt, Torreyes for Marshall). A top hitter took just one second line prospect and a negative value throw-in (Gregorious and Stubbs for Choo).
One advantage the Cardinals have had on the Reds this year is lots of organizational depth. The Reds basically had to empty the cupboard to get Latos and Marshall and have had to rush guys who just aren't ready when the injury bug hit.
Keep drafting and developing pitchers and this will be a strong team. They can always deal an arm or two to fill holes as long as there are more in the pipeline.
Your examples are a little misleading. You have to consider their contract situations as well. Choo was considerably cheaper in prospects because he was only signed for one year while Latos makes league minimum and was controlled for four more years. The D'backs had to trade Bauer just to get DiDi. Imagine how many pieces the Reds would have to trade to get Stanton, who is more comparable at this point to what Latos was when we acquired him. Look at the Texeira trade to Atlanta as another comp. Big hitters command the same kind of packages as big pitchers when the contract situations are similar- sometimes more.