Originally Posted by Always Red
One year offer, per MLBTR.
Could be designed to allow Dusty to decline, gracefully, and allowing both parties to go their separate way with some dignity intact.
Don't be surprised if this is what is going on. It's the same approach the Yanks used with Torre when they weren't wild about his return.
Particularly in light of Dusty's health issues, I would not be suprised if they will only offer him one year. I would be also not be surprised if Dusty declines.
If the Reds were that excited about a Dusty return, they wouldn't be focused only on a "short-term" contract. So that language tells us something.
On the other hand, Dusty may feel that he is getting near the end and doesn't want a very long term commitment. Doubtful. I think he may tell the Reds, multi-year deal with a raise, or he's moving on.
My instinct is that this will not work out and Dusty will not return. Just a guess, based on Dusty's comments post-game yesterday, the "short-term" language, and the debacle of this five game series loss.