Re: Offseason extensions?
I think a lot of what may happen in LF depends on both Rolen and Ludwick. If Rolen decides to come back and seems OK with a 300 PA role at 3B, I'd guess that Frazier may get the nod in LF. The Reds might try to add a lefty hitter who could play LF or maybe 3B when Rolen sits with Frazier playing the other spot. I'd guess Xavier Paul might be in the mix along with Heisey, but I'd hope they bring another player in as well. It doesn't need to be a star, but somebody who could get 200 PAs off the bench and play for weeks at a time if Rolen goes down.
As far as extensions go, Latos is the guy they should lock-up. I'd try to do a Cueto style deal buying out Arb and a year of FA with an option for another. I'd see if Ludwick would be open to coming back at his option price if they add another year, if not, I'd try to squeeze another year from Rolen and move on to Frazier and other options. Not sure what I'd do on Bailey. I'd love to lock him up, but wouldn't go higher than 3 years, $15 Million. Might add a $1` Million more as an option buy-out if he'd agree to a 4th year option for below $7 Million for that fourth year. If he seems intent on going for bigger money, I might explore trade options with Homer. His value is probably as high as it will get.
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