Originally Posted by M2
This is one of those cases where I'm positive Rosenthal doesn't have a clue of what he's writing about. My guess is he's heard the Reds are talking about Phillips and Bailey with other teams, who are in turn speculating the team needs to make those deals to keep Choo. I doubt he's heard anything directly from the Reds.
I agree, I think the payroll will likely go up if they really want Choo. I do think Phillips will be traded to make space, but Bailey is essentially like Choo was last year - a one year rental to try winning the WS.
I really don't see a stronger/cheaper option than keeping Bailey, if the Reds want to maintain a championship caliber rotation for next year.
That said, if Bailey brings back what some claim he can (a top 25 prospect that can start next year), perhaps they move his contract for that and try their luck on a Santana type reclamation project.
And of course the return for Phillips would need to help 2014 and beyond. Maybe a closer or young electric arm of some kind?