This trade makes sense now more than ever, with the Rangers committed to Laird and Salty, and the emergence of Cueto and Volquez for the Reds.
The Rangers have said that they are not going to trade Laird. Yet they paid a hefty price for Jarrod Saltalamacchia just a few months ago, who is now drudging away in Triple A. Teagarden is blocked in the worst kind of way.
While I would like to hang onto Belisle, especially until Bailey or Maloney is ready to take over the fifth spot in the rotation, the Rangers are desperate for pitching, and now. The Reds meanwhile need a long term answer at catcher. I like what Bako has done so far, but realistically we still don't have a long-term answer at the position.
The Reds and Rangers already hooked up once this year on what looks to be a complete win-win for both sides, why not make it twice?