I'm a bit torn right now, I must admit.
On one hand there is the pure fan in me that is so excited to see the Reds make their first serious run in 11 years. After all, competing into the fall is what this game is all about and it has literally been a decade since we've done that. So, I'm very anxious and excited for us to stay in this race.
Having said that, as fans, I think we've been waiting even LONGER for the Reds to produce this kind of young talent, specifically yooung starting pitching.
As a matter of fact, you might be able to make the argument that this is the best stable of young arms the organization has had in a very, very long time.
I've thought about it long and hard and I've decided that I am all for Walt making moves to help improve our chances this year, but I am NOT willing to part with ANY of the young arms to do it.
Bailey/Maloney (I would be willing to part with ONE of those two)
Yep, all of them. I don't care what any combo of the above would bring in return...I wouldn't do it for Lee, Hanley, etc.
Looking at those 7 names, you have the potential for an absolutely dominating rotation for the next several years. Of course, you really only need 4 or 5 of them, but at this point, it's too early to tell which are going to be the best and I do not want to learn the hard way that we dealt a stud for a rental.
If I thought the Reds were a bit "fluky" this year, I'd be all for selling the farm to make a push....there are no guarantees in this game, and when you see an opportunity, sometimes you need to pounce.
But I am confident in this organization right now and I'm confident that even if we come up short this year, that we have the foundation of an extremely good team in place.
Stay the course Walt. Do what you can, but not at the expense of the arms.