Originally Posted by RedEye
We've just seen the disaster that can happen when you overpay for a reliever (Broxton). I mind trading talent less -- as long as its not a massive overpay (The Trade). The Wood-Marshall deal, for example, I have learned to get behind with more time to see the stabilizing effect that Sean has at the end of ballgames. Marshall really is one of the better RP in baseball, and the team has really felt his absence of late.
Calling Broxton and his deal a disaster is way premature.
Overpaying for any player is, by definition, a mistake. That's why it's called overpaying.
But good relievers cost players or cash. They don't fall from trees. Especially if every good in-house prospect of any merit has to be a starting pitcher.
The idea that Cingrani should start and cannot relieve; that meaningful prospects cannot be traded for the pen; and substantial cash cannot be traded for the pen -- it leaves the Reds with few options to solve their most glaring problem.