Originally Posted by WMR
I respect your opinion, Brutus, but I'm sorry, I simply don't accept that Dunn was looking to leave the Reds. If the Reds had tendered him an offer of 12 million per season over a span of 4-5 years I absolutely believe he would have gladly remained a Cincinnati Red. And he would be worth every penny of that contract.
I have not seen any evidence to the contrary that seems at all credible.
Well, I'm not suggesting he was looking for the first opportunity he had to leave town. I really don't believe that was the case.
But what I'm saying is that a lot of people made comments that he was going to ask for money he knew the Reds were not able (or at very least going) to pay. Whether he was intentionally pricing himself out of the picture or simply trying to leverage it, I don't know. But a lot of people commented that Dunn re-signing was not a realistic thing, if not in part by his expected demands, the club's expected reluctance or both.
Even in hindsight, though, he got $20 mil in a sluggish economic situation. Given when the Reds traded him the financial situation was not quite as depressed, it was perfectly reasonable at that time to assume his demands were much, much higher. Arroyo said he was talking $100 mil in a large multi-year deal. While that was not ever going to be what it wound up as, I can't say I blame the Reds for balking at figures even close to half that.