IF the Reds have the opportunity to get Cliff Lee AND it costs Alonso, Wood, third player, you do it. plain and simple.
BJ Ryan became a pretty dominant closer. It doesn't bother me in the least that he never pitched a game as a Red.
Suck it up cupcake.
Probability of Reds making postseason without help in the SP department? Low.
Holding onto prospects has merits, but they could easily miss the playoffs without help (and getting another bat or a reliever or both won't be enough to move the needle by themselves; it's going to take a high-end starter).
Now--you have a decision in front of you.
But their chances of doing anything in the postseason are likely remote without some pitching reinforcements.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
In the past 30 days, Cliff Lee has 4 CGs and 2 walks. Sure, a Reds prospect MIGHT do that someday...
I remember when Homer Bailey was going to be the next Roger Clemens. IIRC, Homer was more hyped and had better projections than Wood. I imagine if this same conversation came up right after Bailey made his debut, some fans would have called boycotted the organization if Bailey was traded for an established ace like Lee.
Walt...PLEASE.....make this deal happen!
Definitely get the deal done, but be prudent about it.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
"This isn’t stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
From John Fay:
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/07/07/lee-update/The Reds are still interested, but no new talks have transpired.
There was a report that the Mariners may be more interested in Juan Francisco than Yonder Alonso. A Reds insider doubted that because Seattle’s decisions are often stats-driven. Francisco has more power than Alonso. But Alonso is much better at getting on-base.
The Reds would likely be willing to part with either to get a Lee deal done.
I miss Adam Dunn.