Re: Arb numbers
I'd LOVE to see Walt get Latos for 5 yrs (buying out 3 yrs of Arb, 2 yrs of FA).
What would be a reasonable guess for such an extension? Maybe 5yrs @ $50-$55 total?
I'd also like to see some of these deals spread money over the front of a contract, not just defer it for 10 yrs like we did with Bronson, or backload the heck out of it like we did with Votto.
With Latos, for example, rather than pay $4.5, then 7, then 10, then 15 and then 17, why not provide additional incentive for the palyer to sign by making the numbers run more like $8 for first season, $10 each for next three seasons, then $12 for last season (iirc, BP's contract is closer to this structure). He gets more money upfront and basically the same guaranteed money over the length of the contract, and the Reds get more flexibility by not having another $15million + player on the roster