Originally Posted by Wheelhouse
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.
That's how I see it too. The Reds did not want Dunn back. The signs were clear as day.
This trade avoids the unpleasantry of risking offering Dunn arb (He might've accepted, as some FAs have done, like Maddux at Altanta).
IMO, this A ball pitcher and two PTBL might be better than 2 comp picks anyway. Let's wait and see. As someone else pointed out, the AZ prospects are already paid for and further advanced.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!