In an effort to pull the team out of a losing streak (which was mostly blamed on the bullpen), GM Wayne Krivsky traded 2 starters - Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns - for 2 middle relievers (Bill Bray and Gary Majewski) and Lopez's supposed replacement (Royce Clayton).
The trade was vilified by every sentient being in the galaxy, because:
1. Despite what Krivsky stated in public, relievers are a dime a dozen. The Reds picked up 5 other relievers (and 2 starters) after the trade, and didn't give up major league talent for any of them. Nor did they give up major league talent for Eddie Guardado, who single-handedly transformed the bullpen before this trade.
2. While probably the worst defensive SS in the league, Lopez was young, hit well, and ran very well. Clayton, on the other hand, was old, possibly the worst hitting regular in MLB history, and no longer ran well. But at least he was only the 2nd worst fielding SS in the league.
3. Kearns was young, hit well, ran well, and Gold Glove quality on defense.
4. Bray was young, but showed some promise.
5. Majewski was young, but was injured (a fact that Krivsky knew nothing about), and didn't show much promise.
6. The Reds had no way to replace the offense from Kearns and Lopez.
7. No one could ever recall a starting position player being traded for a middle reliever, especially one who was still in his arbitration years. Let alone two of them in the same trade.
As predicted, the offense went in the tank, the bullpen's fortunes didn't change because of the 2 pitchers acquired, Clayton was terrible, and the trade set the team's future back years.
The Red Reporter knows this.