Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft
Originally Posted by Benihana
How do you reconcile your last sentence/scenario with Walt's comments this week that they will make a real effort to re-sign Choo, fully realizing that it will take a LOT of money? In other words, how is the budget SO tight for 2014 that having Arroyo on the books for one more year at his current salary + $2 million will force you to "dump" Bailey, not improving CF, SS, or 3B, and "punt 2014"?
How will your last scenario possibly play out if/when they are trying to re-sign Choo?
If the Reds let Choo, Bailey, Masset, Arredondo and other free agents walk and simply bring back the guys already in the organization, the payroll will be around the same amount in 2014 that it is in 2013. Raises and arb awards will eat up any of those savings. The Reds could conceivably sign Choo or some other player in the $10 to $15 Million range. But if they sub-Arroyo for Bailey, that $5 Million difference probably limits them to a $5 to $8 Million or so guy assuming a reasonable increase in salary and Ludwick's buy-out and Arroyo's deferred money are not figured in the spending. Add the Ludwick and Arroyo money and it would take a well over 10% increase in the budget.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Last edited by mth123; 09-17-2013 at 09:54 PM.
Reason: Checked the math