Re: Todd Jones traded
If the Reds were actually in the pennant race (or wild card hunt as per O'Brien), wouldn't they be trying to obtain, not give up, two or more Todd Jones-like relievers to bolster their sick bullpen? So, it's an admission by O'Brien to reality.
I'm all for obtaining anything for arb-eligible or free agents-to-be, but considering that many of any team's (including the Phillies) top prospects eventually fail in the majors, then I would have held out longer for better -- Jones solo or in a package.
And it is insignificant how the Reds originally got Jones and/or who had released him.