We all know that the Kearns/Lopez trade caused the Reds a huge offensive hit in the second half of the season. But I was thinking today about the fact that there is one offensive loss that we haven't explored much: Wily Mo Pena.
The reason for this, of course, is that the Reds got far and above what would be considered a "good return" for Pena. At that time we needed pitching far more than offense (still do, in my opinion, though the disparity has lessened). I thought that was a good trade from the start and at this point I think anyone would be hard-pressed to disagree.
But out of curiosity's sake, I wonder what kind of difference Pena would have made during the team's offensive slump. It's moot, not only because, you know, it didn't happen, but because it's impossible to know what would have happened to the pitching staff and any related trades made had Arroyo not been around. But as a sheer hypothetical, and because I didn't really keep up with Boston and Wily Mo's performance after the Red Sox started to fall out of contention, what do you guys think? Can we cull together some kind of stats to figure out how he may have helped this team offensively? This is all assuming that the Washington trade still went down too, though it's arguable whether that would have happened in that way without the Arroyo/Pena trade.
This is the definition of a Monday afternoon off-season thread.