Originally Posted by MrCinatit
I hate to say this, but I agree. Unless the players to be named later are whoppers, this has the signs of a pure and simple salary dump.
On the other hand, Dunn will be pulling in a lot next year - a lot. A lot more than Griffey had - and if the bidding gets passionate enough, he could even near Giambi-type numbers. I am not sure that a ball club like the Reds would have been able to afford him and put up winning numbers.
And that, in more ways than one, is a tragedy.
It's not a salary dump. The Reds are sending cash. Here's the scenario as I see it. The Reds do not want Adam Dunn. They would let him walk and take the two draft picks, however, they would have to offer him arbitration and he would have to refuse it for the Reds to get the picks. If they don't offer arbitration, they don't get the picks. Now the Reds figure if Dunn is offered arbitration he might take it, because he might get more money in arbitration than he would on the FA market because a lot of teams are sour on him. So the Reds figured they should at least get SOMETHING for Dunn, so they took this deal.