Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
The problem with the deals mentioned is that if they're not 100% cash neutral, the team is still paying a lot of money for "bullpen depth."
Take McClouth for example. If the Braves trade him for Cordero, the Braves are giving up McLouth which will save them $6.5 Million and $1.25 million in a buyout, but they're taking on Cordero who will cost $12.125 Million.
So essentially, even if the Reds get nothing out of McClouth, the Braves still are paying 4.375 for "bullpen depth." Unless they make him the closer, they're drastically overpaying for depth.
That's more than twice what I'd expect Arthur Rhodes to get for instance.
Perhaps the Reds could throw in a couple of million to help even this out, but if I'm going to have to pay $2 million + $7.75 million(McClouth) I'd rather take the chance that Cordero bounces back than that McClouth will be worthwhile.
Actually, I said that the Reds would probably need to throw in a Milion or two. In the Braves case, its a safety net. They would want closing experience to mentor Ventors and Kimbrel and it would cost something on the market. That isn't Rhodes. A guy like Jenks probably isn't a great choice to be a mentor and Soriano would cost way too much. That leaves you with guys like Downs, Fuentes or Gregg and I'd guess they all will make in the $4 Million range and require more than a 1 year commitment. Coco would do his mentoring, let the kids gain experience and be out of the way at the end of 2011.