Originally Posted by M2
- I don't care what a team like the Reds theoretically should pay its closer, Francisco Cordero has done his job like a pro since he arrived. He's 3rd all-time in franchise history in saves and he'll probably have four of the top 10 single season saves totals in franchise history after this season concludes. I hope people have had the good sense to enjoy him.
I'm not sure if it was going through Krivsky's mind when he signed Cordero, but I think one of the reasons you have to not worry about whether the Reds "overpaid" for him is that they could afford to do it based on the other pieces that would be in place.
With the talent that was coming up in Votto, Bruce, Cueto, etc., you had to figure that a good number of your top players would be in their 1-3 years during the majority of his contract. Since those guys would be pretty significantly underpaid in terms of contract vs. production, you could take the risk of perhaps giving Cordero more in order to lock down a spot on your team that was a glaring weakness. And that's exactly what he's done, whether everyone wants to admit it or not.