Originally Posted by Blue
Griffey is only (did I just say ONLY?) due $6 million/year during 2007, 2008, and 2009, if the option is picked up. The rest will be payed between 2009 and 2024. If the Braves just had to pay the $6 million/year or the $6 million/year plus the deferrments for those years over the 2009-2024 period, it should work out fine, financially. Unless something has completely flown over my head, which is a serious possibility.
I think the Braves might be interested in Griffey and Lohse. I like Saltalamaccia and Joey Devine.
My understanding is that corporate ownership in Atlanta has set a hard limit on payroll. They don't have a sole owner who gets caught-up in "I want to win" mentality at the deadline. I think they would only take a big Salary if the other team took one back or paid most of it.
I'm guessing that if the Reds were willing to take some dead money like a Mike Hampton back as a part of the deal then it could happen. I think they'd like Griffey and Lohse too and the Reds could probably get a good prospect (or two) back. Another possibility could be that the Braves are having buyers remorse about the long term commitment to Brian McCann now that they have seen Salty in the majors and McCann struggling with a .200+ OPS drop from 2006 to 2007. Maybe they want to trade the obligation instead and make Salty the long term Catcher. I have no info, just throwing that out there.