Re: Impending FA, Arbitration and Draft Pick Compensation
With Raises already in place for Votto, Cueto, Bruce, etc., there is no way that Cordero is offered arb. Cordero coming off the books is the primary thing that the Reds have in place to offset those raises.
Picking up Phillips option is a no brainer with only a Rolen type extension possibly changing that.
Ramon is the tough choice, but Hanigan is signed and Mes is coming (maybe Grandal too). I wouldn't take the chance of him getting a $6 to $8 million arb award. He's having a good year and he could easily get that much in arb.
The inaction we are all complaining about is primarily budget driven. I see no reason to risk hanstringing that budget in an attempt to get the next Chris Valaika. The Reds need to free money to address specific needs and these players do not address them.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS