Originally Posted by REDREAD
Yea, my mistake, he is out of options. I remember that now.
The Reds might be able to sneak him down to AAA at the end of spring training though. Not sure if that is the plan, but it's possible.
Maybe this move gives them some flexiblity to trade someone like LeCure/Logan/Arrendondo? Maybe the plan is to make Redmond a middle reliever. I remember Dusty's comment last year that Simon earned a "promotion" in the pen, but shortly thereafter we traded for Broxton.
Or maybe it's not that complicated. Maybe they just signed him for depth, hoping to upgrade during the offseason and figure it's worth spending 490k to have depth now, even if they cut him.. Maybe it's not even a guaranteed contract, since he's not arb eligible.. I recall some rule that you can cut a player early in the season and only pay about 20% under some circumstances (contracts that are not guaranteed)
Good points. Here's my guess - Bryan Price sees something with Redmond.
Last year the Reds picked Simon out of thin air and correctly determined he had major league ability. I'm guessing Redmond is the same, they think he has something, and he will be with the Reds.
Another guess - Lecure gets a promotion to set up. He was dynamite down the stretch last year.
This pick up may indicate pessimism as to Mr. Masset's recovery. It may mean the end for Ondrusek as a Red (does HE have options?).
And a trade of Arredondo would not be shocking at all, but his second half would have diminished his trade value.
All interesting possibilities if you spend time, like some of us, wondering about the Cincinnati Reds' middle relievers. Only on RedsZone.