Originally Posted by Lewdog
Great teams have enough talent in the minors, that during September call ups they stock themselves with enough talent, (Billy Hamilton) that they don't have to sacrifice the future for one year rental players.
Not always. Sometimes a key deal can play a role - ala Broxton last year. Juan Guzman in '99. BUT, neither of those guys cost a top notch prospect that really hurt long term (unless you feel missing Donnie Joseph is gonna cripple the Reds future). But if Vic Black and Dilson Herrera cripple the Bucs future, then the Pirates didn't have much of a future anyway. Black is a Partch like relief prospect and Herrera a good hitting 19 y/o 2nd baseman - HRod with more power and better glove but limited to second because of an iffy arm. I'd trade them for Buck and Byrd and a better shot. With the weakened state of the Reds farm and less need for Buck, and Byrd limited by Ludwick to a pinch hitting role, I don't know that I'd do a similar deal from Cincy's standpoint.