Originally Posted by westofyou
Why (and I ask this seriously) would any of those guys want to hook up with the Reds at this point and time? They're rebuilding the left side of their infield, they don't have a large budget, they play in a division with 3 teams with bigger payrolls and 2 of them have really good starters.
Maybe someday, but the current state of the Reds (not to mention their history with Type A FA's) screams that this is all wishful thinking.
Big fish, small pond?
If you like Paul Wilson and think he can be a valuable contributer for only $100K more than he then it's a good deal.
However, if you think the Reds could have done better and offered that $3.6M plus another $3.5M-$5M a year for a much better pitcher, then it's not so good of a deal.
Personally, I'm in the latter camp. I don't begrudge Wilson his money but we can do better. Of course all the mediots will be jumping for joy over this signing.