A fair opinion, and a logical one at that. Not something you get a lot of on here, especially during the offseason and in the spring. I disagree, but I do so respectfully.
As to whether or not he would have made the 25 man...you can believe it all you want, but this move all but says it wasn't going to happen.
June Francisco = Josh Hancock
Showed up fat, shown the door.
I also agree that the Reds can't just go out and get a guy in free agency, the payroll won't allow it. Walt and Co. know this as well, better than we do. They've got something cooking, I'd bet money on it. We might not know what it is in the next few days, we may not even know what it is until this time next year, but they'll be prepared.
With that said...the free agents at 3B after his season aren't exactly worldbeaters. David Wright and a lot of guys who's best days are behind them, so that wouldn't be an option anyway.
"Coulda woulda shoulda doesn't bring trophies back to Cincinnati. "
Nor does sore armed pitchers and garbage dump OF'ers.
Henry Rodriguez is being moved to third this year.
Losing Fransisco and his strikeouts, his bad work ethic, and his injury problems will not be a loss.
And I'll say it again. If Rolen has a good season (125+ games), I think the Reds will resign him to a one year deal.
As for the pitcher we got, he's AAA ready, has a good fastball and curve, and throws several other pitches.
Some punka said it earlier in the thread. As goes Rolen, so go the Reds.
Francisco will get some big hits and probably punch us out at some point in a game this season. He wasn't the solution here. You have to F up pretty badly to p-off the Dustbowl. JF did.
Trading Alonso is what will come back to haunt us. That guy is going to be the next Pujols (maybe) certainly a Votto quality hitter or better (this year his numbers will top JVs, as Volquez's will top Latos). Latos is no chump but he will max out as the next Arroyo Seco.
A grim, grim trade (the SD trade, not the ATL.) But it was made. Play ball!
Bad trade of Francisco
Ok i get it. HAHA, April Fools. Good one!
Isn't it obvious that Walt and maybe Dusty had decided Francisco wasn't going to make the team? They got what they could.