The real problem is the history the Reds farm system has had. It has been absolutely horrible for so many years, many people in baseball in general probably still think that. They will always undervalue the Reds prospects because they view the system as so bad, it's "impossible" to produce good players. The Reds might have the better player in reality but that doesn't matter. GM's will view Cueto as a middle prospect because the Reds havn't shown they can develop pitching. Votto is a middle prospect because he isn't a good fielder or doesn't have enough power. (He should have never played LF and he can hit 25-30 HR with 0.475 SLG). Trading our prospects in general will be the Ultimate sell low. Considering this and also the fact the WK is viewed as desperate, it creates an atmosphere where we could get ripped off. (Using the "trade" as an example of taking advantage of due to being desperate). I would not give up any of the big 4, and trade Hamilton/EE only for proven quality players on the incline.
Do you agree? I know the Reds want a SP.... but why is that exactly? They don't even trust their own system (Cueto/Maloney/Belisle) enough due to its historical lack of success.