Originally Posted by traderumor
Bong and Bubba (sounds like a low budget version of Cheech and Chong) aren't the ones to consider for the effect of Reitsma's departure, it would be his replacement(s), which are right now Jones and Riedling.
I guess it all depends on your point of view.. I agree with Princeton though. Reitsma's
replacement is really Reith, Norton, or Valentine. Because if Reitsma was still here,
one of those guys would be cut.
I mean, if we traded Casey and wily Mo today, and moved Dunn to 1b and Romano to LF,
who is technically Casey's replacement? I say it's Romano, but I guess some would
say Dunn is the "replacement", so we really didn't lose anything by trading Casey...
They're younger, they're starters and both have decent K to BB ratio.
But please continue to dump on them based on the guy they replaced, the world of baseball does not always exist in the vacum of the moment.
But they are both far from sure things... that's what I'm saying. Just like very few
people realized at the time that the Michael Tucker trade was horrible, despite getting
2 "arms".. More people realized the Williamson trade was horrible, but I guess it is the nature
of being a fan to believe that all the prospects will work out ok.
The Reitsma trade might work out ok.. but in reality, the Braves considered both those
guys to be future bullpenners. (they had both of them in the pen, despite the fact that
the Braves also need starting pitching prospects in the pipeline too).
If we can get a solid 3-4 years of bullpen work between both of those guys, it's still an
ok trade. If we get zilch, it obviously a bad trade .. like Neagle trade.. that was pretty much zilch as Wily Mo isn't
likely to get significant playing time. Even if the prospects are young, there is still risk..
At the time of the trade, I was hoping Bong was at the level to give us immediate contribution.
That would've assured us of at least getting some value out of the trade. That's all I'm
But you can't deny they have been struggling for the most part in AAA. That's all I said.
I never said they were crap. I just said they've been struggling and more than likely will