Originally Posted by buckeyenut
Id pay that. I think he'd be worth every penny for this team.
A guy like Schmidt is clearly what this team needs and I would pay that before paying $5 Million a year for some one like Gil Meche or Joel Piniero. He would have a positive domino effect on the pen and the other starters, I just don't see him holding up for 4 years. If they could get him for 2 or even 3 years, I am right with you. I just think he is clearly the top guy out there (and the only true number 1 in my opinion) and the Yankees and Red Sox need pitching. Why would he come here unless we way overpaid? $15 Million a year may only get us even with those guys. We'll need to give the extra year or bump the money to convince him to choose Cincinnati.
If they can't get Schmidt, I sign Hunter and try the trade route for a middle rotation Starter. (Probably need to trade prospect and exchange bad contracts - Larue maybe).