Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
It's meaningless in the sense that he has no way of knowing what Choo will decide. But in my opinion the use of "hopeful" and especially "confident" says a lot. My guess is that a) Castellini has signaled the payroll will be there, and/or b) Choo has signalled he's interested in staying.
Agreed. And as far as A goes, that's my point in the argument above. No one should make concrete assumptions as to which CURRENT players we can or cannot afford next year, because no one really knows. My guess is if there is/was room to keep Choo, there is room to risk making Arroyo a qualifying offer and/or bringing in some other form of offensive help.