Originally Posted by Brutus
It wasn't a competition. The Reds didn't get beat. They weren't trying to acquire the better player.
They traded away someone at a position of luxury in exchange for someone at a position of need. Marshall was flat out awesome in 2012 and was a big part of the Reds making the playoffs. That Wood is having a great year in 2013 at a position the Reds don't really need right now doesn't change that deal one iota.
Essentially true, but starter pitching could become a need position as soon as opening day 2014. The Marshall injury has been an unfortunate killer all season long, especially when needed in "clutch" games like last night in the 7th inning meltdown.