Originally Posted by dougdirt
Guys on the 40-man roster but in the minor leagues aren't getting $250,000. No one is going to be offering that.
Happens a lot. It's a way to keep players in the system without offering a 40 man roster spot. Usually it's for veterans with more big league time, but on a team in need of pitching depth with it's ace on the DL most of the year, it's prized rookie showing back issues (that could recur as they frequently do), and it's "take the ball" vet headed for free agency, I'd think that the Reds would want to make sure they have alternatives in AAA that they aren't afraid to go to. That could be Stephenson at some point, but Corcino has stunk up the joint, Crabbe has been thought a future power pen arm and Villareal has to be falling out of the plans. There isn't really money for a $3 to $4 Million depth guy on the big league roster. It's a small price to pay to ensure that Reynolds doesn't opt for some other team more likely to have an opening at some point in the year. Some bottom half team that's is looking to deal it's vets at next season's deadline to kick start the rebuild is where I'd go on my minor league deal if I was him. There is a good chance he could be a guy to get a call to play out the string for a couple months. Of course, if he was going to get big league money anyway, he wouldn't need to worry as much about that. Assuming he doesn't show himself to be a turd in the next 5 weeks or so, I'd gladly pay that if I was Walt Jocketty.