It could be worse…
Seems like the Reds are getting hammered a little today in the wake of the (no) trade deadline. I’ve definitely noticed the feedback from readers and have seen various media reports.
It’s understandable that people aren’t happy. There is no tangible result of the efforts Reds GM Walt Jocketty made to execute a deal and the bottom line is the Reds made no roster improvement. And because of the general lack of transperancy about talks among all GMs, we will likely never really know how close the Reds were to doing something.
Let’s be real here. The Reds are 6 1/2 games out of first place and have to leapfrog three teams to win the division. Would Ubaldo Jimenez or James Shields, pitching once every fifth day, have changed the outlook? Probably not. And that being unlikely, was it worth sending the cream of the crop in prospects (Mesoraco, Alonso or Hamilton, etc) to get one of those guys? If you’ve noticed, the Reds just won three games in a row against the Giants and picked up no games in the standings. That’s how tough the road ahead appears — with trades or not.
For whatever reason, Michael Bourn did not seem like someone the Reds should give up a lot to get. And it seems like even if the Reds produced an attractive package, the Astros were unlikely to send Bourn or Hunter Pence to a division rival.
Gutting the farm system to get any of the rental players out there would have completely undone the efforts to be long-term contenders. Had the Reds been closer to the top of hte NL Central, I would have been more aggressive. For better or worse, this is the team that has to make up a lot of ground.
As unhappy as you are about the Reds, imagine what the mood of an Astros fan is today. It’s already been a lousy year and they open a homestand tonight without the face of the franchise and an All-Star (Pence) and the leadoff hitter (Bourn). Other than Carlos Lee and Wandy Rodriguez, one would be hard-pressed to know many of the guys on the field. The players that came back in those deals are probably years away from reaching the big leagues. As Marty Brennaman might say “That’s a big ol’ hang with ’em.”
Reds lineup vs. Astros
*Just announced: Joey Votto was named NL Player of the Week.
*Of course, this is Yonder Alonso’s first big league start in LF.