This isa very good trade for the Reds. Elmer Dessens has hit his peak, and will more than likely not put up the 3.03 ERA he did this season. The Reds signed this guy out of a Mexican league and turned him into a decent pitcher and got a 22 year old switching hitting MI who has a ton of potential.
Dessens averaged 6 IP per start last year, it's not like he was going deep into games for the Reds. I don't have the time to look it up, but I can promise you that Dessens was the best 5 inning pitcher in baseball, but his ERA in the 6th and 7th innings had to be horrible.
A team like the Reds can not afford to pay a risky pitcher like Dessens 3.5-4 million dollars like they were going to. 2-2.5 million? sure, just like they did Jimmy Haynes.
This will turn out to be a very good trade for the Reds. And it could be as soon as this year.
Matta = Really good