Commentary: Will Reds regret trading away prospects?
August 3, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
By Marc Katz
A few years from now, the Reds may look back and say, “We probably shouldn’t have traded that guy.”
And “that guy” could be Juan Francisco or Ronald Torreyes or Yasmani Grandal or Yonder Alonzo or Donnie Joseph or anybody else who is a prospect but not yet an established major leaguer.
Some may never make it to the majors.
I’m guessing, though, if the Reds make it to the World Series this year, they won’t be worrying about any players who may become stars in the future. You play to win now, and if you can win now by overpaying a little with someone who might become a star later, you do it.
Pittsburgh fans may remember 1960 when the Pirates decided they needed one more pitcher and acquired Vinegar Bend Mizell of the Cards, 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA at the time.