Re: Bronson: should he be signed to a long term contract?
If the Reds try to extend him into 2012 or 2013 now (or this offseason), they probably have a better shot at getting it done. There's a number of reasons.
1. The Reds are coming off the best season since Bronson arrived. They are finally winning.
2. The Reds in essence are offering him a 2-3 year deal.. Next year, it's a 1-2 year deal.
3. It shows the Reds want Bronson, respect him, etc.. Don't underestimate the human element. That's one reason I thought it was a good idea for Wayne to extend Bronson when he did, despite the fact that he didn't have to.
Sure, the "safe" way could be to just pick up Bronson's option and then hope to just sign him year to year after that. That sounds good in theory, but in reality, Bronson might feel slighted. Bronson is also going to know he will have multiyear options after 2011.
So I think it's a good idea to start talking to Bronson after the season ends about an extension. I'm willing to take the risk.. there's no way to build a pitching staff without taking some risk.. I'm less worried about velocity in Bronson.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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