Originally Posted by texasdave
Yes, history is littered with such players. But it is also deluged with players who did not pan out. I think the Reds budget is tight (it may well cost them more than originally thought to bring Ludwick back). If I am going to take a half million dollar flyer on someone with very limited funds available, I am not throwing it at a player whose game is based on speed. And is turning 35 and coming off of two horrible seasons in which he did not hit or field at a major league level. If he had a good glove at least then I could see taking a chance. JMO.
My thoughts are as a smaller market team, you take 500k fliers rather than going an extra year or overpaying for a $6-7M guy.
I'm not saying sign him, guarantee a roster spot and slot him in the leadoff spot. I'm saying bring him to spring training and if he doesn't work out, no harm done