Re: Impending FA, Arbitration and Draft Pick Compensation
It's far too dangerous to offer arbitration to Cordero.
If the Red went to arb with him and offered the min 9.6 million/year, they will lose and end up paying him much more.
Cordero has been an expensive contract, but he's been solid other than last year.
He's putting together a great year.. The arbitrators won't care if it's based on BABIP or whatever.. they just know it's a great year.
I'm not even sure we could pay Cordero without lopping off another expensive player next year. IMO, he probably gets a raise in arb from what he is making now. Possibly gaining a draft pick is not worth being put in the situation where you need to shed 13 million or so in salary because the guy accepts unexpectedly.
Even if the Reds had 13 million to pay Cordero next year, why not spend that on a more pressing need? They can use Masset, Logan, or Chapman to close next year.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!