Originally Posted by Boss-Hog
Yes, that is what I'm saying. The money used to resign Wilson (at a premium) would have been much better spent on legitimately upgrading the starting pitching and/or signing Dunn to an extension. Hell, even if they couldn't have made a trade for a good pitcher or signed a Clement/Perez/Pavano/etc., I'd prefer the money be spent on our draft budget, hiring minor league instructors from an organization with a track record for developing pitching, or premium scouts. Instead, the Reds select the status quo: keeping Paul Wilson as our 'ace'. Joy.
Easy Boss, you are welcome to be frustrated, but it is not even close to the last day of the offseason. Come Dec 7th we will all know how committed the Reds are to bringing in better talent; O'Brien is not gonna lose a draft pick to sign someone now he could get in a little over a week.
If Wilson was to be signed, he had to be signed fast, so that arbitration could be avoided. Now its time for all of us to wait and see, and not just assume that this is it. We all seem to forget at times this is O'Brien's second offseason, and possibly even the first in which he is genuinely concerned with improving the big club. I am not content with just a Wilson signing, but I am happy it is done, and I hope the team does in fact get better by other factors than mere subtraction of "bad" players.