Do Dallas Buck, Micah Owings, and Wilkin Castillo equal Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun, and Dick Simpson? In five years, will Reds fans look back at the trade of Adam Dunn and compare it to the trade of Frank Robinson? I know that with the era of free agency, trades of players like Dunn are expected and there is nowhere near the outcry from the fans as when Robinson was traded. But if Dunn continues to hit his 40 homeruns and get his 100 RBI's for at least the next five years and ends up with two World Series rings, will this trade go down as one of the worst trades of all time (at least as far as the Reds are concerned).
I know that Dunn does not hold a candle to Robinson defensively or as far as batting average, but his power numbers can be amazing. I do not look for him to win any MVP's but if he were on a winning team with his numbers I do believe he would be considered much more of a star than he is.
This question also depends on what kind of careers Buck, Owings, and Castillo end up with? And, is this even a legitimate question in the era of free agency?
I do not know how I feel about it, but I started thinking about it before last season when everyone seemed to be calling for the Reds to trade him.
Just a thought to hopefully generate some discussion. I'm not really looking for what anyone thinks of the trade right now, but would it be considered as bad a trade as the worst trade in Reds history if the above mentioned "If's" were to happen.