Right now if I were the Reds I would be overjoyed if someone offered me
50K for Burton.
He is a guy who maxed out at Double A with another team who is now taking up a MLB roster spot and innings for the Reds.
If these assets were allocated to Salmon, McBeth & Coffey they would be getting valuable experience that will be helpful to the organiztion. They would find out what these young guys can and cannot do in the big leagues, where they fit in, what they need to work on. The same info they could have gotten last Sept if they had called Salmon up then, when the season was for all intents and purposes over, instead, they rented a couple of useless arms, who are playing where now?
Going back and forth to the Ville is not the answer.
Look at Salmon the other night, in AAA. 3 batter, 10 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 outs.
He and the other young men need MLB work, not wasting their arms in AAA while the FO tries to figure out what to do.
The sad truth is, the Reds will probably never get anything in return for their gamble on Burton.
While they are at it, they can release Majewski too. As a matter of fact, it would add credibility to their claim of "damaged goods."