Apparently the Reds have taken it upon themselves to show just how inept a baseball team can be. And they are truly thriving at the task, I must say. This is the earliest in the season I can remember having no hope. At the same time, it is the first time in memory that there is actually something to look forward to. Rich and I have been calling for Dunn's trading for years now (always preferring Kearns) and I am hoping it will finally come to fruition. But then, the Reds already have the most ineffective relievers in the league, so Krivsky has no one to trade for.
In seriousness, though, I would love to see the Reds start playing it smart. Even in the Central they're dead in the water. Build for 2009. I won't venture a guess as to who they'll trade for, as that is hardly a worthwhile venture, as Hal McCoy recently pointed out. However, if reports are true that they asked the Angels for three major leaguers, I find that rather ridiculous. You can't make up for last year's gaffe by gouging another team--not because of ethics, but because no other GM is so desperate to prove himself. I can only imagine Bill Stoneman laughing as he hung up the phone. If they could get just Kendrick or Wood they'd be getting enough. I hope Krivsky doesn't blow it by being greedy--or by insisting on getting pitching. Literally every position can stand an upgrade if they get the right guy.
So I'm looking forward to--and severely fearing--the trade action. Also, the possibility of acquiring a top prospect or two and pairing them with Bailey, Bruce, Stubbs, and Votto next year or in '09 sounds pretty good.
Embedded are photos of my top three wishlist for Dunn, realism completely and utterly aside: James Loney (1B from the Dodgers, knee injury not withstanding), Matt Garza (SP from the Twins), and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C from the Braves).