The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
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With Adam Dunn, these Reds are averaging 4.52 runs per game. Take out Adam Dunn and his .61 runs per game RBI average and you move the Reds to about 3.91 runs per game. His replacement would be Norris Hopper or Ryan Freel, i suspect who have historically averaged driving in +/- .18 runs per game so you are down to 4.07 runs per game. In order for us to get a bullpen pitcher to compensate for Dunn's performance, he ould have to have a 0.57 ERA the rest of the year, and pitch approximately 100 innings. Ain't nobody out there like that. Especially for Adam Dunn. Add to that the success that Mr. Krivsky has had with relief pitchers, and this would be a horrible mistake.
I have no doubt he would do it and will do it. Is it for the future? Not on your life. This team from the owner (who believes that when Bray and Eddie get back, we'll start winning) to the manager (who loves that veteran presence), simply doesn't get it. You must score runs as well as prevent them from scoring. Trading your RBI leader for a gosh-darn (I'm being nice here) relief pitcher is subject to a test for insanity. Getting to the future would be trading Hatteberg, Conine,Castro, Stanton, Moeller, Majewski (if possible), Weathers, and a couple of other players and bringing in the kids. Your offense would still be intact and you could play for the future.
Of course, with the mess that is the Reds, that's not going to happen. These fools think we can still win with the personnel we have minus Dunn. Griffey, and with a little more relief pitching.
To me that's the key sentence in the entire Sheehan piece. Far too many teams seem to auditioning for the part of either Estragon or Vladimir in "Waiting for Godot". I remember a few years back when folks in the media and baseball industry were insisting Edwin Jackson was WAAAAAAAAY more valuable than a good everyday player like Dunn.Bill Stoneman has seen a number of prospects come through the system, fail and subsequently lose all of their value, but he has never leveraged any of their reputations to help the major-league squad.
Los Anaheim literally has four shortstops in the majors and upper minors. Meanwhile it needs an impact bat, but it refuses to turn its prospect windfall into usable talent. Minnesota's been sitting on young pitchers that haven't been materializing for years. That club might be wearing World Series rings if it had dealt arms like Scott Baker and J.D. Durbin while their stock was high.
I understand wanting to keep ahold of a few key prospects, but it seems like some organizations have a dozen plus on the untouchable list. That's pure insanity. No system has a dozen future frontline major leaguers in its system at this moment, not one. Make a trade for some right now, try to win something. I sometimes wonder if MLB execs have simply lost the plot.
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Make that a thing.
If Wayne K. could acquire Perkins and Garza in the same deal for Dunn.......uh, where do you sign off on the deal?
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If Krivsky ends up trading the two golden chips (Kearns and Dunn) and ends up with nothing, he will have made Dick Wagner look like a baseball genius....by comparison.
I have to think Yankees here....only because they don't seem to mind throwing their farm system away for a rent-a-player........
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Kearns looks more like pyrite then gold at this juncture.
If Dunn were the only attractive "rent a slugger" option out there, I believe there would be teams willing to make attractive competitive offers for him. However, there are plenty of potential "rent a sluggers" out there this year. I don't believe Krivsky will be offered a package from another club that he can feel confident about announcing to the Cincinnati public in a news conference.
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If all Wayne ends up with is pitching prospects he is making a mistake.
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