Originally Posted by dfs
Boy, I'm just not sure how to respond to this.
The question I answered was "Has anybody been moved yet that would be an upgrade for the Reds?"
As I detailed, putting Peavy into the rotation puts Cingrani into the lefty out of the pen role. I'll take that team and you can have Manny Para as your lefty.
I don't think Para is worthless.
I didn't say a word about the cost of Jake Peavy because that wasn't the question.
I think it's a better team with Cingrani as the bullpen's lefty than Para. Upgrading around the edges counts too.
The 1990 team didn't need Billy Doran, but they were a better team with him on the roster.
Even if SP:Peavy/RP:Cingrani is better than SP:Cingrani/RP:Parra - and I'm not sure I agree that Peavy is better than Cingrani as a SP or that Cingrani is better than Parra as a situational lefty - it's at the margins, and not going to change the outcome (almost certainly the second wild card) for the rest of this season. Sure, "upgrading around the edges" can help a little bit, but it's not closing a 5 game gap in the standings.
Then you're left to look at the post-season and Cingrani, adding Peavy or not, is going to be available in the bullpen because we'll need at most four starters and we have them already.