I want to come forward as someone who cringed at that first press conference former GM Dan O'Brien held when he named 2,093 members of the Houston Astros organization, plus Jesus Christ, for the "opportunity" to handle a major league club's baseball business. There was no way I would have had him as the gm of my beloved Redlegs at that time, and I wouldn't today. But, Jay Bruce was drafted under his watch, and it seems that the Reds could probably have any starting pitcher in baseball today if they would just step up and deal that kid, or at least some package that included him.
That is a pretty powerful bargaining chip that Dan left on the table. Who knows what the Reds will do with it now, but I would like to express my sincere gratitude for that much.