Note that this thread is not intended to open old wounds...perhaps it's inevitable not to when "The Trade" is referenced but, this post is designed to put a positive spin on things, months after the monumental deal went down.
Consider what our lineup would be right now had The Trade never happened.
1B Sceff Coberg
3B EE (Will assume we'd still let Aurilia go via FA)
Freel still in a utility role.
Lopez is still an awful defensive SS. It does not appear to me that Kearns is ever going to be anything more than an average to above-average hitter and a decent defensive outfielder. Outfielders who are capable of hitting 24-30 HR's and batting in the .260's are not that tough to come by.
Now, compare the above to our current lineup. I'll only denote the changes that are directly attributable to The Trade.
SS: Alex Gonzalez
The team as constructed pre-Trade was only slightly better offensively and quite a bit worse defensively. Alex Gonzalez has been a great addition to the team thus far and, I do not expect that to change.
However, the biggest benefit of The Trade, albeit an unforeseen benefit:
A Reds team with Kearns, Freel, Denorfia, JR, and Dunn simply does not have room for anyone else. Krivsky would not be out looking for a guy like Josh Hamilton if we still have Austin Kearns. I guess it is not out of the realm of possibilities that Krivs could have still taken a flier on him and stashed him away in Louisville for a while but, I just don't see it. With all the OF's we'd have had at the time, people would have accused him of acting like Jim Bowden.
I'm not trying to defend the deal, nor am I aiming to beat a dead horse. It just occurred to me yesterday, after Hammy hit his 4th HR, that he probably wouldn't be here if we never made that trade. Knowing that, I wouldn't take it back - not anymore.