Re: Reds reach agreement with Encarnacion
There have been a number of posts in the org concerning the implications of this deal with respect to minor league 3B candidates.
My read is that the Reds are not confident that any of these candidates will be ready in 2010. The two year deal for EE provides a measure of safety. Should someone develop into a can't miss prospect during this year, EE's 2010 salary would not preclude dealing him for a one year rental to fill a hole elsewhere.
On the other hand, limiting EE's contract to two years may indicate a belief that one of these candidates is likely to be ready by 2011.
I think it is a good signing that provides an affordable, acceptable hedge against some of the prospects failing to measure up to our lofty Redszone expectations.