Originally Posted by dougdirt
I would trade them Dunn straight up for Salty and run with it.
1. Adam Dunn is out of this town in at the most, 1.5 years when his contract is up. If he isnt, then we are going to be paying him 15 million a year for 4-6 years, and I just dont see the Reds committing that type of money to a position player.
2. We would control Salty for the next 5.5 years and half of those years would be on the very cheap. It would also help rid the Reds of this stupid catching situation where everyone seems to get a chance.
maybe, but I would first offer Dunn a four year deal at 13mil per, just to see if he might be willing to take a hometown discount.
With Grif, Hatteberg, Milton and Lohse coming off the books, and every position except C (including the top 3 rotation spots) locked up cheaply for the next 3-4 years, I would give him that kind of money. Everyone wants payflex, but then we should do something with that money once we have it. I know Homer, EE, BP, Hamilton, Votto, and Bruce will eventually be arb-eligible, but thats at least two more years away before they even make over a mil. No one around here advocates signing any big name FA pitcher to these monstrous five year $100 million contracts they're giving out these days (a la Zito, Zambrano, etc.) so who exactly are we going to pay? Gil Meche for $55 million anyone? Now that AH and BA are signed over the next four years, if anyone is gonna make $13 mil per it should be Dunn. I'm not for overpaying sluggers like the Mariners or Orioles, but Dunn is one of our guys. If the Cubs have ARam, Soriano, and Lee, the Cards have Pujols, Rolen and Edmons, the Astros have Berkman, Lee, and Biggio, we can at least pay one slugger.
And please don't tell me that its the young, cheap guys that will let us win, because those teams have those guys too (Hunter Pence, Chris Duncan, Prince Fielder, etc.) If Dunn will take 50-55 MM over the next four, then sign him up.