Originally Posted by CougarQuest
I don't think this trade was horrible. We got Jones as floatsom at the beginning of the year. Jones is a career 1.44 WHIP and 4.04 ERA.
It appears that the Phillies had given up on Hancock, it appears they wanted him to be a starter but worked out better as a releiver....for them. If the Reds use him as a reliever, we may be in the same boat as we were with Jones and got cheaper this year and definitely next year, and younger. If Hancock shows that he can be a starter, then this is even a better trade.
Mercado is intriguing. The kid has some wheels. Looks like he has been pushing some singles into doubles too. I'm a little worried about all those errors, but if some of these posters have seen him and think he is a Castro type fielder, then this isn't a bad move at all.
O'Brien did address two areas of need, and didn't trade for a 5 tooler outfielder.
Yes. Todd Jones had a horrible July and would only have been worse as the year went on. He was released by the DRays and we are lucky we shed his salary for the Hancock salary (which I assume is much less). It's not a blockbustrer, for sure, but it's a trade that makes us better in the long run. If Mercado is Castro, he's a younger Castro and costs much less.
No, it wasn't the trade of the century or the deal that brought Randy Johnson to Cincinnati, but it was a good solid deal. To be frank, the only options for the Reds (with current budget limitations) is to gamble on youth or hope some major league team is totally insane and gives up a Randy Johnson for a Danny Graves
I still feel there is a deal to come tomorrow which will include Mr. Graves or Mr. Lidle. We shall see...