Balderdash!: The Blunder in Believing the Ballyhoos of Bronson

J.T. WeirContributor IJuly 25, 2009

ST LOUIS - APRIL 29:  Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty at a press conference explaining the details behind the death of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock on April 29, 2007 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Hancock was killed in an auto accident early Sunday April 29, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Please tell me I'm not the only one in a state of outrage!

Yesterday, Reds GM Walt Jocketty (pictured) announced that Bronson Arroyo has been put on the trading block .  To anyone outside of Reds country, or anyone who doesn't follow the team, it would seem like a smart move.  Arroyo's pitching the best he has all year, with a 2.11 ERA over his last three starts.

A closer look reveals several flaws in Jocketty's judgement.

1. Arroyo is owed $11 million next year alone.

2. He's a career .500 pitcher with a 4.20 ERA.

3. He's become more and more prone to recurring Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

4. This year, he's got a 5.21 ERA (albeit with a 10-9 record) and has given up 22 home runs.

Is it just me, or do the numbers not add up? 

Who in their right mind would pick up a pitcher of HIS caliber (or lack thereof) with HIS price-tag as a FREE AGENT, let alone give up their own assets for him?!?

But I rant.  Arroyo's shortcomings are not, in fact, my point.  My point is that this move is not the one we need, nor is it coming when we need(ed) it.

When did it become apparent that this team had issues with run production?  By my count, it was right around June 1...2008.

Walt Jocketty's a smart man, I'm sure, but the lack of actions to correct visible holes in his franchise makes me wonder.

It was a well-publicized fact at the end of last season that the Reds were in dire need of some offensive production after trading away two men worth a collective 150 runs a year for a handful of minor leaguers.

So what does Papa Jocketty do?

He goes out and gets Ramon Hernandez.  A 32-year old Catcher.  Please, hold your applause.

If you ask me, this move by the front office is too little too late.  Jocketty's first mistake was acquiring players of little value during last season.  His second was acquiring NO players at all in the offseason.  His third is putting Arroyo on the block a week before the deadline.

If anyone gives us a legitimate bat for Bronson Arroyo, I'll never question the front office again.  Otherwise, I'll be back in a week screaming for Jocketty's head.