Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
My guess is a lot of that deferred money has been stored away by the Reds over the years. Even if it hasn't, now that they're in the last year of his contract, it's probably much more reasonable to simply pay all of that money if they feel it's the difference between winning and losing.
Let's say the deferred money isn't an issue.
If I'm the Reds, I'm still not 100% sure I want to trade Bronson next year.
He's been a stabilizing force in the rotation his entire career here (other than 2010).. I know the guy is getting older, but I think he can push out one more decent year (That's the same reasoning that AZ would want him).
We were really blessed this year that none of the starting pitchers missed a start.. I'm not sure I want to trade any starting pitching depth though. It's a tough call though, if they want to move Chapman to the rotation next year.. I guess I'd prefer to wait until the end of spring training to trade one of the starters, just as a safety measure.. Starting pitching (even Leake) is always in high demand.
In other words, if there's an injury next year, I'm not excited about calling up Cingrani or using a bullpen guy in the rotation.. Not a slam on Cingrani, but I don't want him rushed.
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!