In hindsight, it's obvious that the Reds would have made the playoffs even without Broxton. I think we can all agree that Latos' overall production > Broxton's overall production, so it isn't an apples to apples comparison.
The difference I think is that Broxton was picked up specifically for the playoffs. What he did up to the playoffs, while I don't consider it completely insignificant, but it will have little impact on how we view this team's success at year end. If he is a rousing success in the playoffs, as I said earlier, I can completely get on board with admitting that it was a good trade, and that I was wrong. If he reverts back to what we saw in KC though, won't all this talk about his performance in a pretty meaningless month of baseball seem moot?
I don't mean to move the goalposts from my previous posts, and I don't think I am. Just didn't want people to think I'm changing my tone to "what he's currently doing doesn't matter." I will say, if he continues to stay hot through the playoffs, I will certainly factor in this hot run with a lot more credence, and not just consider the playoffs a lucky hot run. If that makes any sense. It probably doesn't.