Originally Posted by Matt700wlw
*Mike Stanton, 3.5 mill owed this season after release
*Juan Castro, $975,000 for '08, 1.1 mill in '09 (club option/$100,000 buyout)
*Todd Coffey, $925,00 for '08...increase of $517,500 when extended on April 28 of last year.
*Bronson Arroyo, 6.45 mill '08 (3.95 mill base + 2.5 mill signing bonus)
9.5 mill '09, 11 mill '10, 11 mill '11 (club option/2mill buyout)
*David Ross 2.5 mill '08, 3.5 mill '09 (club option/$375,00 buyout)
*Scott Hatteberg, 1.85 mill '08
*Ryan Freel, 3 mill '08, 4 mill '09
*Corey Patterson, 3 mill '08
*Josh Fogg, 1 mill ($400,000 guaranteed)
'08 TOTAL: 22.6 mill
Lance posted this on his blog on Sunday, and he's talking about money owed vs. dead weight and production.
I think it is far too early
to include Patterson, Freel, Hatteberg, Ross, Arroyo and Coffey on that list. All of those guys can and most probably will either stick with the team all year or be traded (along with their contracts) to other teams, for value. None of the guys mentioned above are in danger of being just dumped.
Stanton, Castro and maybe
Fogg are writeoffs from the bottom line. The Stanton money hurts the worst. I try to remember (when I am being kind to Wayne) that at the time Stanton was signed, the Reds had virtually no bullpen at all, and he was actually a positive acquisition. I think Fogg can possibly stick all year as a long reliever/spot starter. I think he'll get another chance or two before the Reds cut him loose.