Originally Posted by REDREAD
Other than Byrd, is there a player that changed teams that you really wanted the Reds to get?
I concede Byrd might have helped, but the timing was bad. Ludwick was healthy when the Mets finally relented and traded him. Sure, Byrd could've potentially helped as a bench bat or on Ludwick's day off, but I guess I don't consider it a huge miss, especially if part of the price was taking on Buck or some other salary.
The bigger question for me re: Byrd is why didn't Walt (or any NL GM for that matter) block the Pirates from getting him?