Well, the Cincinnati Reds traded literally everything they could. Some people are happy about it because General Manager Nick Krall did something excellent horizons. Some people are not. I’m in the “lis” club. In the void, I have no problem with professions. It makes sense given the current state of the team. But Shakespeare told us that “the past is a prologue”. And this, readers, is the reason for the stench of this trade.
The Reds’ biggest argument this year was whether small market teams were just a thing. They are not. TV deals and revenue sharing mean the Reds make a profit before the ticket is sold. This is just math and you can find all related numbers online quite easily. However, it was similar to this argument something along the lines of “A lot of the guys who got rid of them weren’t good anyway.” That’s true, but it’s also a problematic argument because, no one expected Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos to play like they did (although I consider myself among the minority who correctly guessed Eugenio Suarez would be back again). Wade Miley, yes, that was to be expected, but it is. And of course, Sony Gray was excellent. There was no good reason not to enter the Reds this year with a squad that looks like this:
- Tyler Stevenson – The Catcher
- Joy Photo – First rule
- Jonathan India – Second rule
- Kyle Farmer – Shortstop
- Eugenio Suarez – Third base
- Jesse Winker – Left Field
- Tyler Naquin / Nick Senzel – Field Center
- Nick Castellanos – Right Field
The starting cycle would have looked like this:
- Louis Castle
- Sony Gray
- Tyler Mahley
- Nick Ludlow / Hunter Green / Graham Ashcraft
This is a squad of the qualifying caliber and rotation at the start of the season. Especially with a 12-team format. And listen, in the 25th season of baseball in the era of wild cards that are not artificially shortened, a team that has won 90 games or less has won the World Series 5 times. That’s 20% of the time. So yes, you can make it to the playoffs and have a real chance in the tournament.
Now, regarding the group of players discussed above: Was a group of players injured? yes. Was the Reds going to play the playoffs with this team? No, maybe not.
But that is not what is meant. The point is, they chose not to compete this year when they had other options. They chose the boat. If this season had gone south (as it probably would) with a good slate and then replaced Castillo and Mahle this far, I wouldn’t be happy, but I would have it. We tried, but it didn’t work, let’s get some odds.
Shakespeare told us that “the past is a prologue,” which means that everything that happened before it depicts how we experience the world now. There is a big difference between trading a player in a year when things went wrong and trading a player in a year when you put in an active effort to put together a bad team. And that’s exactly what the property has done this year. Right before telling fans that they didn’t care about opening day. Trying is important.
So yeah, I’m pissed off about Castillo’s trade. He’s a great bowler and I want to keep watching my favorite team’s great throws. I’m mad at the Castillo trade (and Mahle’s trade) because while the Reds (the 36th largest media market) cry poor, the Brewers (35) are running away from the department, the Padres (28) have just landed Juan Soto, and the Cardinals (21st) achieve a season Their million wins in a row.
I’m crazy about Castillo trade because the entire Reds organization now is the classic, “capitalism when we win, socialism when we lose” pro-sports nonsense. Crying, “Come to the matches so we can afford the players!!! 111!!!” It’s not convincing unless you want to start writing fans checks when times are good. Want us to watch? Put a product in the field that’s worth watching. I got that last year and decided to cancel it because this method makes you get more money. You can’t treat the team like a business and don’t expect the fans to treat it the same way.
In fact, I’ve heard the sailors run a special show about trying to win. I’ll probably pass on a few channels and see what they have to offer. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of these guys somewhere before.