Originally Posted by jimbo
Exactly. So much talk about how the Reds need to spend spend spend in order to compete, but so much complaining about the Reds spending $5 mil a year on a great SS glove. I really don't think that $5 mil is going to break the bank and I seriously doubt it's the last move Krivsky makes. Instead of judging the offseason in November, let's wait until we have a bigger picture.
No. My two issues are as follows:
1) For a team that does not have $ to burn, this signing doesn't make much sense. They have many issues relating to pitching, yet are willing to spend $5 mil per year on a guy who can't hit? Fielding isn't going to help much with the current staff in place unless AGon is positioned by the Pepsi stacks. And $5 million is a lot of money when they guy isn't good. I'd rather try Phillips at SS and Freel at 2nd with that extra cash to put towards pitching.
2) If I knew for sure
that there was still $25 million per year to be spent after this, I would feel more comfortable. But with deficiencies in two other areas which, IMO, are a little more important than fielding (hitting and pitching), I think $5 million is a little steep for someone who doesn't help those areas. Alex Gonzalez is Royce Clayton with a little more pop and a better glove.
Remember this when the Reds are struggling to score and stop the other team from scoring. I would be interested if there is any other team actually considering paying him $ like this. Or is Wayne creating his own market like he did with Maj and Bray. At the press conference, he'll say something like "This shows you how tight the market is for slick fielding SSs who have problems hitting."
Prediction: This contract will be viewed as mini-Milton by August 1st.