Re: New owners, new GM, new philosophy(interest in Hochevar?)
If you can get Hochevar to sign quickly, he is probably the pick of the litter this year. OTOH, even if he does say that he will sign right away for $x,xxx,xxx given his history, how would you know he is telling the truth?
For a team with some depth to their system, he would be a great pick. Offer him what he originally agreed to last year and say take it or go back to play with Matt Harrington.
The Reds need too much of a talent infusion to employ this strategy. They need good players, and they need them now. If they are willing to sign him whatever the cost, then it isn't a bad choice. If they draft him believing they have the leverage to lowball him, they might end up punting another high draft pick. That is simply not acceptable.