Re: Reds trade Dustin Moseley for Ramon Ortiz
I just think the prevailing thought in regards to this deal is that it will prevent other acquisitions, and of course complicate the situation with Jiminez. I have yet to see anyone especially upset about losing Mosely. I do see the problems with Ortiz's declining k rates, but I also see a pitcher who doesn't walk a lot of hitters and has experienced considerable success in a season where he logged 217 innings... just two years ago. I don't advocate overspending on players, and he is probably slightly overpaid for what his numbers from the last two years dicate. But, as I am sure I made nauseatingly clear in the last year, I believe the Reds can afford this type of commitment, or chance and not feel it. This Payroll is woefully underbudgeted to begin with. I have seen Ortiz pitch a few times, and he definately has a live arm and good movment. He can pitch. Sure, it's a risk. But one where the payoff could be spectacular.
I'll grade it a B+... Not bad from O'Brien's biggest critic.