Originally Posted by westofyou
That's how I saw him, a bridge an inning eater and an excuse to keep any young guy down in the ML so they could control his workload.
While I see the value in that and I certainly agree that it makes some sense to keep fannies in the seats, I still don't think Lidle was a wise move.
First, and I think this is a point on which everyone can agree, the Reds surely thought Lidle would be far better than he has been. I was of the opinion that it was a mistake to think that, but there's no way the Reds would have tossed that sum at Lidle if they expected anything like what we've seen to date.
Second, if there was any team in baseball that didn't need to take a modest cash reserve and plunk it down on an inning eater, it was the Reds. To a build a good rotation, you have to start with a single pitcher. That's just the mechanics of it. Five guys don't land in your lap in one fell swoop. DanO had $3-4M in his pocket and entire offseason to figure out how to get that first guy. That should
have been his top priority. Maybe it would have involved moving a little more salary so that the team could afford a keeper, but the Lidle signing, to me, was the definitive "We're not getting a lot better this year" statement.
It's the kind of choice the Reds have to stop making if they want to improve the club. When you're in a small market and not armed with a stockpile of hot prospects, you're not going to get golden opportunities where it's easy to snag the kinds of players you need. No question about it, it's a hard job that DanO's got. Yet it's imperative to succeed with the chances you get. He had some money and some time and it's the kind of situation a Reds GM has to make work. Lidle was a misstep that shouldn't be repeated.