Originally Posted by Unassisted
Fay says the Reds are "at payroll." If you believe that and the sentence below from the article, that means they'd have to give back someone making ~$5M+ to make the deal work.
Oh, I agree that the money may not be there. That's why dumping Cordero's contract would be the only way the Reds could improve SS, LF or the front-end of the rotation. Cordero may be unmoveable, in which case I can see how Jocketty's hands are tied. However, after spending big bucks to lure Werth, I don't see how a similar package plus Cordero wouldn't have been attractive to the Nationals. He could have been a decent mentor for Storen and would benefit the Nationals bullpen.
I really do think the Reds have to do something with Cordero if they are going to be able to improve the current roster and Walt might have been honest when he says he is good with rolling with the current team in 2011.