But there's still plenty to grouse about that has a bearing on the entire Wily Mo Pena saga with the Reds, namely not trading Sean Casey after 2004 when Casey's stock was as high as it'll ever be other than 1999. I'm betting we get a better pitcher than Williams had that happened. I'm also betting we'd have a much firmer grasp on Wily Mo Pena had he played every day in 2005, including higher trade value on March 20th, 2006. Instead, Casey hangs around and is one more player in Pena's way for a regular job.
One failed inaction of moving Casey after 2004 not only damaged Casey's value, but put a cap on Pena's value. We need to create a situation where when we trade players, we trade them at their peak value. We haven't been doing that, and today's trade is just another example.
This part is by far the best thing you've said in this thread. The recapping of the Pena saga was a good read, but I agree with Princeton otherwise.