Originally Posted by Hondo
I am not worried about Bourn's age for the next 3 years... I think he is highly worth the cost in 2016-2017 if he gets the Reds the production they need... We are talking about Dollars here...
Madson or Soria $8 Million give or take
Ludwick $7-$9 Million for 3 years...
= $15 Million
I would rather put that money over the next 3 years into one lead-pff hitter who gets the Reds where they need to go, who will have a ripple affect on the entire lineup where you won't have a guy like Bruce hit 30+HR and land on 99 RBI...
This is what makes the most sense... For this team, for the next 3 years. The Reds need to be serious about filling their most glaring need and pay to do so, even if that means over-paying Bourn on 2016 & 2017, then so be it... IMHO.
I guess it depends on the money from the new tv deal I keep hearing about. BP's contract will start too look less appealing 2016/2017. Plus those are the years that Votto's contract jumps to the 20's, per cots (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/co...s/?page_id=109
). So having to overpay for Bourn for those two years, on top of overpaying for BP those two years, with Votto's increase, plus having to resign all of our young talent between now and then, I don't really see it as a viable option unless our payroll skyrockets in between now and 2016.