I just can't understand how people get hung up on this. We sent the Reds a great 60-inning pitcher who was about to be priced out of a job. If we had Marshall this season, we'd probably be 4-9. Sean Marshall was so very ver very much not the "rug" under the 2012 team. That rug was under the corner infielders, and it was yanked back in November/December.
yeah, for me, its already over. the bullpen is atrocious. marshall for wood was a bad trade. if you're going to pull the rug out from under the 2012 club like that you better be damn sure you're getting something damn good. unnecessary gamble and a bet that they lost.
i wouldnt say im hung up on it. im just extremely dissappointed by our bullpen and by travis wood. the marshall deal applies regardles of the weight you place on it. i see the long term logic of trading marshall, but only when it yields decent results. i currently am not considering t-wood decent results. but ill admit its not a fair evaluation period at he could turn out to be the next cliff lee.
considering we've held the lead in all but a couple games, i think with some decent middle/long relief or even a quality 7th-8th inning here or there, we'd be a lot closer to 500 than 4 and 9. at least in the 12 games I've seen or listened to (that's assuming marshall would still tank a few innings or not pitch every game).
if i felt better about t-wood, i would care less about missing quality relief pitching.