As we all know, Major League Baseball teams are not eligible for the postseason unless they make a move at the deadline. The Reds fulfilled this obligation last Tuesday when they added Royals reliever Jonathon Broxton to the roster, in exchange for a couple minor leaguers who hadn’t helped the Reds win a single game all season.
Walt Jocketty knew that Reds fans would start boycotting games if they thought their GM wasn’t doing anything to try to improve the team. Though this has been a first place squad for most of the season, the Reds aren’t without holes. The bench consists of whoever lost outfield musical chairs that day, and more utility guys than Duke Energy. Additionally, the presence of three top-of-the-rotation guys didn’t stop the Angels or Phillies from acquiring another stud hurler in recent years. There were options.
However, if Walt says that potential deals required giving away too much talent, I believe him. Let’s not empty out the last of our already semi-depleted cupboard for marginal, if any, improvement.
Instead, let’s give away cheap young talent for two months of a past-his-prime reliever?
Not surprisingly, Broxton has been inconsistent at best with the Reds. After 2.2 innings of scoreless, 2009-like baseball, he promptly gave up 2 runs in two-thirds of an inning last night to cost Mat Latos (and my fantasy team) a “W”. This is the type of anti-dependability we cannot tolerate from our 8th inning guy. Dribblers down the line and bloop singles are the type of thing that got us into this mess in the first place, rendering our former 8th inning guy, Sean Marshall, useless. I can only hope Marshall figures it out in years 2 and 3 of his contract.
In all seriousness, this trade likely won’t make or break the Reds’ 2012 season, or any Reds season in the near future. And maybe Broxton plays a key role in a Reds playoff run. He’s still a useful pitcher.
Point is, I know it’s a few days after the fact, but a friend of mine (who is a Royals fan) sent me this piece by Rany Jazayerli that I wanted to share. If you don’t know Rany, he operates a mostly Royals-based blog and typically writes posts containing thousands of words at a time. He’s quite good, and well respected.
Rany addressed the Broxton trade, and as usual goes into painstaking depth. It’s pretty interesting, especially considering he isn’t afraid to rip his team when he thinks it’s warranted. In this case, it’s not.
Long story short, this is no blockbuster, but the Royals and GM Dayton Moore did well for themselves. It’s worth a read.
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