I think that is best evaluated by looking at where the Reds were positioned before the trade. I felt that they could contend next year and would really be a force in '08. What happened in this trade appears to be a win now at all costs type move. If it remains in isolation, it's a middling effort at best, as there are plenty of other holes that need to be addressed for a legit run to be made.Originally Posted by princeton
How does this move affect the 2 year out look? I think it has a generally negative impact, outside of any further moves. The pieces moved were likely more valuable individually, than grouped. Particularly in an offseason move. The Arroyo trade for a platoon outfielder being a nice offseason position player value baseline. I don't value relief pitchers nearly as highly as a starting pitcher. The problem with the Reds recent bullpens seems to have been that they have moved nearly entirely to loading up with old, proven veterens to fill those slots. Previous regimes (prior to O'Brien, he's the culprit) had done nicely by acquiring young fringe power arms to plug in en masse. That strategy had worked reasonably well. The problem became that they started locking those players in past their prime effective ages.
My hope is that the Reds can move Majewski for prime value near the deadline without really impacting their opportunities this year. To me that would show some real value mindedness. Seeing the market imbalances, it has to be considered, given the derth of impact position players in the Reds system. Bray I would generally try to hold onto, as he does seem to be a nice component going into what ought to be prime contention years.