Re: Official waiver trade deadline thread (August 31)
Originally Posted by mth123
One sixth of $14 Million equals $2.3333 Million. I'm guessing that's too much for this team. I'm not sure Morneau can play OF though.
The Reds have passed on a few guys (Downs, Byrd, Dejesus, Morneau, Thornton, etc.) All are clearly upgrades vs. players on the roster. I just think money has to be the reason for turning down an upgrade that won't cost anything crippling talentwise. Passing on Dejesus was the worst move IMO.
The DeJesus thing was a blessing. The guy is no better at this point than Xavier Paul. He is no longer effective against lefties and is only moderately above average against right-handers. His age and salary for next season would not have been cost effective. That was absolutely the right move passing on him and letting other teams play hot potato with him.
Marlon Byrd was at least a little more justifable, especially if only to make sure Pittsburgh couldn't claim him.
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