Originally Posted by texasdave
How do you know that he is letting that market settle before he dives in if, as you say, he could have been in on Span until until the 11th hour? Or if, as you say, he could be working the phones like a madman trying to get something done? Neither you nor I know what he is or is not doing. What we do know is that teams that were better than us in 2012 are getting better players so far. And that does not strike me as a good thing.
Furthermore, I did not read anything about FREE AGENT MARKET only in the above comments. So you may want to be a little more specific in your posts.
Here was my quote "Exactly right Hero. The more spots that get filled, the cheaper Ludwick, Victorino and the rest of the 2nd or 3rd tier OFers get
. This is good for the Reds" I apologize for not pointing out that those guys are free agents.
Here is an article from 2 weeks ago with comments from Jocketty:
Look, I'm not saying I didn't want Span or that Jocketty shouldn't go after him to wait for cheap free agents. I happen to think he would have been a good fit but for whatever reason he saw the cost as prohibitive. However, the silver lining I take from this is that as other teams fill OF needs, the leverage of the available free agents goes down. The Reds can't afford $15M a year for Upton or $20M a year for Hamilton and guys like Ludwick are not going to just settle this early in free agency. Their agents are going to try and get as much money for as many years as they can. So maybe a guy like Bourn sees the market dry up and, like other Scott Boras clients, decides to play for a winner on a 1 year deal and give it a shot again next year. The Reds could then squeeze him in on a Ryan Madson type deal. Ludwick may take a 2 year deal with the Reds when there are only 2-3 teams vying for his services rather than 5-6.
I apologize if I came off as snarky before, that was certainly not my intent. I was just trying to understand your point of view