I hate this trade. I think a model franchise develops the bulk of its roster through the draft and its own player development system. I enjoyed watching Stewart make great strides and was really looking forward to him helping the big club. Now I get to watch an aging vet on a mediocre team.
I am totally stunned by this trade. Stewart is special and it baffles me that Jocketty doesn't know that. Remember, if he had his way, Dye would be in the lineup and Homer would be gone. Dye's good, but he's 35!! Roenicke is going to be a good ML pitcher, better than Lincoln, Herrera, Bray, Fisher, and probably Burton.
And then, Weens from the Yankees????? Jeez!!! How did they even know who he is, and if they do know who he is, how do they not know who Stewart is!!!???
Jocketty says Rolen is as good a 3B that's EVER played the game in his opinion ranking him up there with Schimdt and Robinson. So if you look at it that way, the Reds got a future Hall of Famer for an error prone, low average hitting 3B, a bull pen guy, and a question mark.
Sure, Stewart may end up being the next John Smoltz, but he could easily go and blow out his arm next year or next week, or even end up being somewhat mediocre in the majors.
In Rolen, we got a proven commidity. Sure, he's dinged and not showroom floor brand new, but he's better on the field and in the clubhouse than any of the 3 we got him for.
I'm a little bummed about Stewart leaving, but I'm glad we have Rolen much more. I remember other forums going ape chit whenever Zach Ward was traded, and look how that turned out. Again, Stewart may end up differently, but I'm very happy with Cueto, Bailey, Arroyo, Volquez, etc that is available and I still like our bullpen options too.
I'm also a lifelong Sixers fan....and could spend the rest of my evening posting about their knucklehead moves over the last 20 years that are far worse.
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We have a year and a half with him, unless you want a 37 year old Scott Rolen. Look, I like the player. Even at his age and with his injury concerns, he's 1000000x the third baseman EE is. But he isn't going to push this team over the hump; his contract only adds to the dead-weight contracts this incompetent front office has strapped themselves in to. Cordero, Arroyo, Harang, Tavares and now Rolen comprise most of the team's payroll. None of those guys would be here, at least for their price, if this FO had any idea what they were doing. But they're here, and we won't be able to afford the SS or LF or another quality starter we need to make a run next year.
So, in essence, you trade your best pitching prospect to insure that you don't finish in last place this year. Awesome. This isn't a move that a smart franchise would make. It's simply a case of a GM lusting after one of his boys, and doing whatever it takes to get him.
Sad day for the Minor League board.
I am really surprised how many people are fine with this trade on the ORG and Sundeck.
Maybe it's me and I should just give up, but I can't in any way justify this trade. And I had Wood ranked ahead of Stewart.
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Just thinking out loud here. I find it odd that no contenders could put together a deal for arguably the best pitcher in baseball in Roy Halladay because Ricciardi's asking price was too high. Then Walt comes around and deals our best pitching prospect, plus EE and Roenicke. I understand that it's not the same situation but for some reason that sticks in my mind.
Also, in my opinion, the worst part of the whole situation is that Walt made the move because he wanted to bring his boy back, and Cast wanted to sell some tickets and make it look like the Reds are trying to improve to the casual fans. This deal just stinks of making a move for popular opinion and not thinking of the clubs future.