Originally Posted by I(heart)Freel
I'm of the opinion that the Reds wouldn't offer Ramon arbitration. If he does continue to have this fine year, what would arb pay him? A nice chunk of coin. Ramon would certainly accept arb, and then we have a high priced catcher, an affordable #2 in Hanigan and STILL have Mes in the minors.
I don't see it. So frankly, the only way to leverage Ramon into future help is to trade him. Riding him out this season is fine, but it would not result in any future gain.
You are probably correct. As long as Ramon thinks he can get more from arbitration, that is what he will pick. And if he is a Type A free agent, his marketability in the free agent market will be damaged if he declines arbitration, since he would then cost whichever team signs him a couple draft picks.