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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I'm not worried about Downs or Gray becoming franchise leading talents.
    This was said about Votto and Cueto around 2009. They were involved in nearly every trade proposal on this board.

    My bigger point is that the Reds right now are in bad shape, imo. One year fixes are a fool’s errand with this roster and even more unwise considering how shallow the farm is.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

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    India’s realistic ceiling is not remotely as good as Story or Lindor. Reds are in win-now mode. If you can get either of those players for a dude that has disappointed for his entire minor league career to this point and isn’t even young anymore (turns 24 in 2 weeks) you absolutely do it.

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    I’d rather go the free agency route and give Didi an extra year to win the bidding.

    Lindor presents an issue - he’s a superstar talent and I guess you have to trade India (and more) for him. But he’s also got a salary near $20 million and I don’t see a deal there.

    One year of Story? I wouldn’t want to include any of my best prospects in that deal. He’s only going to walk in a year. I’d rather sign a free agent.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    This was said about Votto and Cueto around 2009. They were involved in nearly every trade proposal on this board.

    My bigger point is that the Reds right now are in bad shape, imo. One year fixes are a fool’s errand with this roster and even more unwise considering how shallow the farm is.
    I seem to remember the Reds trading future Cy Young winner Zack Stewart in those days and it working out all right. And Downs/Gray are not a modern Votto/Cueto. Be happy they're part of what ultimately turned in Trevor Bauer.

    And hoarding prospects because the farm is no great shakes seems like a really bad idea. Pick a few winners and spin the others into usable talent.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

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    I seem to remember the Reds trading future Cy Young winner Zack Stewart in those days and it working out all right. And Downs/Gray are not a modern Votto/Cueto. Be happy they're part of what ultimately turned in Trevor Bauer.

    And hoarding prospects because the farm is no great shakes seems like a really bad idea. Pick a few winners and spin the others into usable talent.
    Routinely trading very good prospects for expensive one-year veterans is a worse idea.

    Right now, the Reds problem is a lack of inexpensive, developed talent in the big leagues. Too many core guys are expensive veterans, mostly store bought. Smaller markets need a flow of young, cheap talent to the bigs.

    Once in awhile - like the Bauer deal - you trade prospects for a one-year vet. The value was too compelling, and Trammel was expendable. But it’s not a great way to build.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

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    Routinely trading very good prospects for expensive one-year veterans is a worse idea.
    At maximal efficiency, you should always be trading off a portion of your top 10 prospects. Most of them amount to nothing. The key is separating the keepers from the trade bait.

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    Right now, the Reds biggest problem is a lack of inexpensive, developed talent in the big leagues. They have a few pitchers and Senzel, but the core is mostly store bought.
    So let's double down on the problem (underwhelming talent coming from the minors)? That seems backwards to me. If you want to argue the Reds shouldn't trade certain prospects because you want them long-term, that's fine. If you want to argue they shouldn't trade any prospects, I can't get behind that. For instance, if Jonathan India goes out the door and All-Star SS comes back in return, I'm going to be 100% fine with that.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

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    I seem to remember the Reds trading future Cy Young winner Zack Stewart in those days and it working out all right. And Downs/Gray are not a modern Votto/Cueto. Be happy they're part of what ultimately turned in Trevor Bauer.

    And hoarding prospects because the farm is no great shakes seems like a really bad idea. Pick a few winners and spin the others into usable talent.
    I am all for trading prospects most of the time. But not right now for the Reds, they need all the young, controllable talent possible.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

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    I am all for trading prospects most of the time. But not right now for the Reds, they need all the young, controllable talent possible.
    I'm not for keeping prospects about whom I'm lukewarm at best. When they start producing a better class of prospects, I'll start getting miserly about keeping it. With this crew, pick a few favorites and declare open season on the rest of them. If what the Reds want is young, controllable talent that can make a difference on the field, they're most likely going to need to trade for someone else's prospects.
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    At maximal efficiency, you should always be trading off a portion of your top 10 prospects. Most of them amount to nothing. The key is separating the keepers from the trade bait.



    So let's double down on the problem (underwhelming talent coming from the minors)? That seems backwards to me. If you want to argue the Reds shouldn't trade certain prospects because you want them long-term, that's fine. If you want to argue they shouldn't trade any prospects, I can't get behind that. For instance, if Jonathan India goes out the door and All-Star SS comes back in return, I'm going to be 100% fine with that.
    I’m not against trading prospects for controllable, affordable talent, like in the Sonny Gray deal. Or when you have a wealth in the minors, like the Padres do. Or even occasionally - as with Bauer - for a one-year player who is compelling value.

    But as a regular matter, trading kids for one year vet players is a mistake. It’s unsustainable financially to trade cheap for expensive. And it gets you nowhere. You add a Trevor Story but subtract a Trevor Bauer. It’s a zero sum game.

    You can’t always predict which good prospects will pan out. I’d tend to keep them except in the kinds of situations I’ve outlined. The game of churning prospects for one-year vets is likely to have a big failure rate and great future cost.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    The Reds are in a real meh in between state and they need to make some moves one away or another or they’re just going to keep spinning their wheels.

    They have a decent farm, but nothing special to any real degree that’s gonna set the world on fire and lead them to the World Series in the next 5 years off the strength of their young prospect core or anything.

    Meanwhile, they have a decent team, but one that probably wins like 85 games in a best case scenario.

    They need to pick a direction and go with it, just continuing to be in just decent shape top to bottom as an organization isn’t going to cut it. And I’d much rather see them ship off some lesser prospects and actually try to win some games than to burn it down and win Best Minor League System awards from Baseball America.

    Just my thoughts on the matter.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    again, here is the list of small-market teams that trade top prospects for 1-year rentals and are successful:



    did you catch that? the beginning and the end of the list includes zero teams.

    the reds need to focus on being more like the rays & indians and less like ... whatever the hell they are.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    If we're gonna start trading our big prospects for shortstops I'd much rather target Xander Bogaerts (he has no trade rights though) or Trea Turner. They're just as good, they're playing for last place teams, and Boston and Washington both have terrible farms.

    Go big and lock the position up.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I seem to remember the Reds trading future Cy Young winner Zack Stewart in those days and it working out all right. And Downs/Gray are not a modern Votto/Cueto. Be happy they're part of what ultimately turned in Trevor Bauer.

    And hoarding prospects because the farm is no great shakes seems like a really bad idea. Pick a few winners and spin the others into usable talent.
    that's disingenuous as hell to suggest that downs/jeter had anything to do with the reds getting trevor bauer. yes, puig was a throw-in as part of the deal, but the real trade there was basically taylor trammell for trevor bauer straight up (from the reds' perspective; it was a 3-team deal as we all know). either you already know this and are intentionally being obtuse, or you need to brush up on your facts.

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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

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    again, here is the list of small-market teams that trade top prospects for 1-year rentals and are successful:



    did you catch that? the beginning and the end of the list includes zero teams.

    the reds need to focus on being more like the rays & indians and less like ... whatever they hell they are.
    What's a top prospect? Seriously. What's the definition you're using on that? Because if it's anybody on your team's top 10 list, keeping them all is a terrible idea. You're closer to building a comedy routine than a baseball team if you go that route. If it's anybody inside a top 100 list, that's still not a great standard. Jose Peraza made top 100 lists and he sucks. Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed made top 100 lists.

    So you're going to have to tell who these top prospects are. Feel free to name the current untouchables. I might even agree provided it's not a long list.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    My only real untouchables or close to it would be Senzel, if for no other reason than I don’t think any team will give up enough for him at this point versus what he could be worth in the lineup, and Greene who I think will be a phenom with his talent and tools combined with our pitching system.

    Anybody else goes in the right deal.
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    Re: Morosi: Reds prioritizing the addition of a shortstop

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    My bigger point is that the Reds right now are in bad shape, imo. One year fixes are a fool’s errand with this roster and even more unwise considering how shallow the farm is.
    I agree with you on the Reds. They are in bad shape. Roster clogged with expensive position players, yet still poor defense and offense on the team level. They still have 2 good SP vets, a few interesting young pitchers, but far away from being a serious contender.

    I am guessing the Reds just tread water this winter, no big signings. I hope I am wrong. I think their hands are tied for the next 2-3 years. They have a lot of big contracts on their roster that would be difficult or impossible to trade.
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