So in the past couple years, the best trade the Reds have made is for Brandon Phillips.
And how many trades have they made? A lot. Too many for me to continue to count. I counted 6 this season. None in which were helpful to the organization.
I understand getting rid of Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. to clear up some cap space. But can't you at least get a decent player in return? I mean Nick Masset and some minor league second baseman? First off, we already have a second baseman. We don't need another one. And why upgrade a bullpen that is already suprisingly good? Jeremy Affeldt has pitched 61 innings and has a 3.67 ERA. Jared Burton has pitched 48 innings and has a 2.23 ERA. Mike Lincoln has pitched 56 innings and has a 3.51 ERA. David Weathers has pitched great recently and has lowered his ERA to 3.35, and he is a reliable set up man. And we know that Francisco Cordero is capable of closing games out. What more do you need? Yeah you could throw in Billy Bray's 39 innings and 2.27 ERA and Gary Majewski's 29 innings and 4.66 ERA, but it's not going to make much of a difference.
The Adam Dunn deal won't be much better. Yeah, lets pick up a Minor League rat who will spend the rest of his career playing for Sarasota and Dayton. I don't know about you, but 1-4 with an ERA of 4 on a Single-A ball club doesn't excite me one bit.
I was listening to 700 WLW tonight, which is Cincinnati's AM station for the Reds and Bengals. They said on there that one of the players to be named is someone that we've heard of. So tonight I can go to bed, hoping its someone like Chris Young or Conor Jackson.
There's no way you can replace Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. But you have to try and rebuild this hopeless ball team. The Dunn-Griffey era has been nothing but a disappointment, from Griffey's constant injuries to Dunn's whiffing like a blind kid. Corey Patterson's .189 average and .221 on base percentage is worse than Barry Zito's league leading 16 losses in San Francisco. Maybe the return of Norris Hopper can give the Reds a true leadoff man. If he can get on base with consistency. Which his career stat of .367 isn't too bad.
But with this season already in the dumps, all us Reds fans can hope for is a somewhat decent season next year. And maybe a good acquisition in the offseason.