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Aaron Harang to the Dodgers is not dead

Dec 22, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! says that the Harang-to-the-Dodgers deal still has a bit of life to it, and that the trade could still happen with George Sherrill going to Cincinnati. What use does Cincinnati have for Sherrill? None, really — and they’re even willing to eat $10 million of the $14 million owed Harang for some reason — but the idea would be for the Reds to then flip him elsewhere for prospects.

Which would be a great idea if there weren’t a bunch of closers floating around out there who could be had without giving up prospects, but I guess that’s not important right now. What is important is that the Reds want a prospect of their own to go along with Sherrill, and that’s what’s holding up the deal.

So let me get this straight: the Reds need to trade an expensive starter, but they’re willing to eat almost all of his salary.  They’re willing to take on the Dodgers’ expensive reliever, but only so they can flip him for prospects in a market currently suffering from a closer glut. And oh, they want prospects from the Dodgers.

Question: why don’t thy just trade Harang somewhere for prospects themselves, eliminate the George Sherrill two-step and call it a day? Or am I being obtuse?

  1. Jacob - Dec 22, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Because they are the Reds. I’m not sure they’ve done anything in the past ten years that has made sense.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    The Reds have made a few good moves in the last decade–trading for Brandon Phillips, trading for Arroyo, drafting Votto–but not many, and few if any on Jocketty’s watch.
    This proposed deal makes no sense, though. The Reds got some salary “relief” in the extended/restructured deal with Rolen (a high salary for whom they traded last year for little good reason other than to get rid of Encarnacion), and this wouldn’t help all that much. Sherrill is good, but not good enough to make this worthwhile for Cincinnati.

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