BTOWNHESS wrote:It makes a lot of sense..with a wide open N.L. and the reigning Cy Young winner and MVP on their team, they are a few pieces from taking the N.L. again. D-Train plus Carpenter in the playoffs, especially a 5 game series is scary. Also with the questions about mulder and the total destruction of Marquis and the averageness of Suppan that pitching rotation could use a huge shot in the arm. Plus look at Reyes, besides one above average start he has looked nothing like some of the young rookie hurlers to emerge this year (Liriano, Weaver, Zumaya, Verlander, J. Johnson, etc.)
If I were jocketty I'd do this in a heartbeat, Reyes might be good, i doubt great, and prospects dont always pan out, with Dontrelle you KNOW youre getting a stud.
As a cards fan, I couldn't disagree more. If you make this play, it is because you are trying to make a play this year. Wainwright is set to start next year I believe, and Reyes has shown he has the ability to be a Maddux type starter. To the contrary of your evaluation, he has had 2 below average starts (not horrible), 1 amazing start and 4 above average (2 ER or less) starts. Is Willis better? Yes, right now. But worth trading the farm, definitely not. I wouldn't trade our current #2 pitcher for a better #2 pitcher...the problem would still be our 3,4,5 guys.
From what I've heard our farm system is pretty thin now (didn't we give up the AA leader in HR for Weaver...not sure about this, but if we did, don't like it). And Duncan is our only decent power hitting prospect...I really don't think we are in a position to make a big trade. I don't think Willis will make us good enough to win the series (maybe to get there, but fall short again). We really need a FA acquisition in the off-season, I hate to say it, but I think that is reality.