Originally Posted by redsmetz
Actually, the final part of your statement is they value him differently than you do, not than they should. I suspect they're privy to much more than here see and know. That's fine, they're our opinions etc.
Jocketty has done this quite a lot over the last several years, giving guys like this two year deals. The common thread, IMO, is that should they bust (and we know some do), the hit financially is not that great. MLBTradeRumors projected LO to get about $900K. And it means he probably would get around $1.5M or so next year, maybe a bit more. So if this is a two year $2M deal, that's some savings. Plus, if they have to cut him loose next year, the hit is lessened because the minimum at this point is so high ($490K this year, $500K next) and whoever picks him up pays that amount regardless. It gives that cost certainty that is important. And it possibly makes him a more valuable trade chip since he's locked up for another year. Just some added thoughts.
Yea, then why has he stunk the last two years? What makes you think they "fixed" him and now feel like he's worth above league minimum? I have performance to go on, you have "the Reds know more than us." Sure, but unless they discovered the holy grail for the guy this offseason, I'm gonna stand by facts that say he's a bad reliever. It's a small contract that I usually don't quibble about, but Ondrusek stinks.