Kendall annually ranks among the best catchers in baseball. Obviously if he doesn't continue to do that then you've sunk a lot of money into nothing. Yet if he does, you've invested your money in a plus up-the-middle player ... and isn't that the kind of player you want to invest in?
Basically if Kendall does what he did the previous two season for the next three years, the Padres wouldn't have any reason to complain. The real risk is that he turns 30 next season.
The Reds only win that deal if they reinvest the money they've saved into something useful. Otherwise it's just a budget cut and, last I looked, they don't award any trophies to the team with the most regressive budget.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.