Originally Posted by RedTeamGo!
Really not seeing why it would be "the worst trade ever." It is Votto, a reliever and a bunch of prospects that may or may not pan out (history shows us most do not)
People literally said the same thing when proposals of moving Votto, Cueto, Bailey, and Stubbs for Erik Bedard were discussed.
Teams (and especially the Reds in comparison to the dark years) are getting much better at converting prospects into big league players. Look at the Reds roster:
1. Chapman - prospect signed through minor league system
2. Bruce - Reds draft pick
3. Cozart - Reds draft pick
4. Frazier - Reds draft pick
5. Votto - Reds draft pick
6. Bailey - Reds draft pick
7. Cueto - Reds prospect signing
8. Cingrani - Reds draft pick
9. Leake - Reds draft pick
10. Hanigan/Mes - Reds draft picks
Where would the Reds be without these guys (I'll give you a hint, Houston Astros)? The top end prospects are the lifeline of a team like the Reds. Moving essentially all of them to fix, what, Votto?
Are you starting to see why this would be awful? There is another dimension out there where you were named GM of the Reds, converted the trade, fast forwarded through time, and then smacked yourself in the face as the Reds had to fold, while the Tigers continued to be playoff contenders for all of the years in between. You are now out of a job in that dimension and have no way of feeding your family (which in this dimension you have 15 kids). Do you really want to be responsible for that?? As you can see these proposals have serious ramifications.