Originally Posted by Quatitos
I would imagine they only signed a 1 year contract because they have 3 years of control of him anyways so no reason to risk multiple years since you will have him if you really want him.
Baseball transactions rules are confusing, but I believe once Lewis was non-tendered by Toronto he became a free agent. Hence the term non-tender free agent. The Reds, I don't believe, have any control of Lewis beyond 2011. I could be mistaken.