Originally Posted by mth123
The Reds simply can not afford a big dollar commitment in 2013. If Madson would sign for a 1 year and try again deal, the Reds should do it. But I think he can do better and the Reds simply can't match what other team's will offer. If they don't want to try Chapman or Marshall as the closer, they need to deal for a cheaper one. It probably means dealing one of Stubbs or Heisey along with some guys like Masset, Frazier and some kids. I have no real interest in Cordero.
I'd go with Chapman or Marshall myself. Nobody else needs to be dealt. Its money already spent and won't break the bank in 2013.
I do not accept the premise that the Reds are tapped out financially, for 2012 or 2013.
They have not increased their payroll at all through acquisitions this off season. They added Marshall, but gave up Volquez.
If the premise is that salary increases to current Reds is all they can afford, then ownership should dump the team. The Reds as a major league franchise should be able to incrementally add new player salaries in years they are competitive.
They dropped two major salaries. Cordero and Hernandez. Reds should add some salary back in for new players.
Madson at $8 million per or slightly more for three years is much less in the aggregate than the Reds paid Cordero to close.
If Madson commands $11-12 million per year or so, I could see the Reds dropping out. But the press reports suggest he may have to take less than he wanted, which I read to mean maybe below ten per.
I mean, if you are trying to win, then really try.