Originally Posted by UK Reds Fan
How is that possible he is too expensive, he makes less than a million for the Marlins? If we can't afford that money for a platoon player, but we had the cash for Patterson in CF and Affeldt in the pen. Also, you know we'll unload Hatterburg at some point this year.
This is close to the Brendan Harris issue, we waive a cheap utility guy to only pay Castro 1M to perform way less. We acquired a cheap RH infielder only to throw him out when he could have helped us out thus far.
Cantu would have cost about 2M in arbitration, assuming we kept him for the Rule V draft. Castro is making 1M no matter what. So essentially it's 3M for Cantu, or 1M for Castro.
If your saying that Cantu should have replaced Hatty, then the Reds wouldn't have picked up a 1.5M option on a 1B that had a 120 OPS+. You can't non tender that type of deal, but then they should have traded him. He was kept as insurance for Votto because Dusty/Reds doesn't trust young kids. Votto has over 100pts in AVG over Hatty right now, and the Reds distrust in Votto is going to greatly decrease Hatty's trade value. I think its inexcusable as to how pooly the Votto/Hatty/Cantu thing was worked out. The Reds probably could have got something decent in return from Hatty, and had better production from Cantu for the same amount of money. Instead they are getting nothing all because they don't trust Votto.