Originally Posted by Captain Hook
I know in my at least my case I only mention the Cordero, Aaroyo and Hanang deals because they are in fact taking up close to half of the teams total salary.It's a fair point to bring up when defending Walt and his lack of major signings and moves as long as your not bashing the previous GM.I agree that at the time the Aaroyo and Harang deals seemed like good ideas but they have now become a burden to Walts ability to make any major changes.
I don't think that it's a reach to say that the team could easily be improved if Cordero,Harang and Aaroyo were all traded for a big pile of cash to be used to spend freely on free agents or taking on other large contracts in trades.
i understand your point however IMO Arroyo & Harang aren't that overpaid. the Reds could certainly be better if they had tried the 'cheap closer' route as they would have extra cash to fill other holes
the reason 3 pitchers take up 50% of the Reds payroll is that the Reds payroll is so low. to get a team that is going to be competing for the playoffs each year Bob C is going to have to push that payroll up to the $90M mark.
even at $90M the Reds have to be smart & careful about their choices. at $70M dollars its hard to beat teams with payrolls significantly higher than yours (ie Cubs, Cards)