Originally Posted by nmculbreth
But that's sort of the point - relief pitchers are notoriously volatile and it's a whole lot easier to jettison a short, cheap contract than it is a long, expensive one.
The contracts that I listed weren't pulled randomly out of thin air, they were the alternatives to Broxton that were available via free agency and unsigned at the time the Reds re-signed Broxton. Instead of letting the market settle and look for value, the front office panicked, bought early and ended up massively overpaying both in terms of salary and the number of years guaranteed.
I guess I have a different opinion.. Collect relievers with a high chance of succeeding, so you don't have to jettison them. That way, it's not like 2006, where a new reliever was acquired every month (seemed that way). Bring some stablity to the team.
Grilli was not realistically available last season. Seemed like he wanted to stay with the Pirates who resurrected his career and had faith in him when he was down. Why would he want to sign with the Reds, who had a loaded pen (and risk ending up banished to the minors like Arrondo and Logan).
Sure, in theory the Reds could get any FA, but in reality, it doesn't work that way.. A quick search showed the Blue Jays and Cubs also tried to get Grilli.. there was competition.
I just think it's going to be awfully difficult to build a winning team if there's a low cap (like 2-3 million) on what you are willing to pay relief pitchers and if you plan on filling several spots per year via spring training auditions.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!