Reds trade a starter right now, they would be one injury away from starting Cingrani in an important playoff game. Two injuries away from starting God knows who.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
FWIW last night I was dreaming that I was watching a sports report in which they lead off with the Reds having made two significant deals today. I woke up before they got to the details however.
It could be the closest I get to seeing that story this year with so little of need being available.
Last year the Reds had 4 good starters, bad Mike Leake, and then if anybody got hurt you were looking at Todd Redmond. This year the Reds have Leake who is pitching great, Latos, Bailey, Arroyo, Cueto, and Cingrani on top of that.
I get the point you're making, but this year and last year aren't really comparable. The Reds were fortunate everyone stayed healthy last year more than anything.