Originally Posted by SteelSD
Affeldt? No reason for him to be anywhere near this franchise at 3M dollars. It's like the Reds mis-judged the offseason auction for talent and then bid higher than they needed to in order to acquire a player they already had.
Yes. It's a solid argument you present about Affedlt vs the in house options for a lefty reliever. That's why my theory is that Wayne had him in mind as a starter, before Fogg was in the fold.
I also agree that it was a less than optimal choice. For example, why not just offer Fogg 3 million with a short deadline and accomplish what you really want to do (obtain a mediocre starting pitcher for depth to cushion the youngsters).
In a way, it's comparable to signing Stanton when Cormeir was already on the roster, but at least Wayne only gave Affedlt 1 year, and I think Affedlt will be better than Stanton (but that is setting the bar low).
Wayne does have a long history of misjudging bullpen talent. Why he gave Stanton that huge contract when Chad Bradford signed for only slightly more will forever dumbfound me.
[The Reds have consistently missed on relivers during Krivsky's tenure. They've missed to the point where they needed to dramatically overpay for the one Closer option (Cordero) who was right in front of everyone's face. With luck, they'll be able to put together a competent bullpen eventually. But at this point, I expect a whole lot more than luck and throwing talent and money at a problem that could have been solved by better analysis and gameplanning.
Yes, I agree. Cordero is a big improvement, but they need more quality depth in the pen. I'm hoping Coffey emerges this year. I think he's got upside. If Belisle can get healthy, he's a competent middle reliever. Coutlangus isn't bad.
Coffey is our best chance at a solid setup man, IMO. It's possible Weathers might pull another magic act, but I'm hoping Coffey fills that role.