Originally Posted by Reds1
I'm just not sure what you guys expect. We saw Cory Lidle and we saw Benson. This contract seems pretty fairly priced. It could have been better and it could have been worse, but it's not terrible. It's also not over. Many here think it's over. We might still end up with a guy who will be the ace and then that makes 2-5 that much better. I believe Wilson would have been able to get more money and the option year was just done to get Wilson to sign. The hit to the payroll is only 100,000 more NEXT YEAR. I'll take a guy who won 11 and should have won at least 4-5 more for just 100M more. It's still early and I expect at least another pitcher. Solid pitchers just don't grow on trees. Remember Denny Neagle (sp) got 12 million a year. Gabe White was 3.1 million. In todays world that's just not a high dollar figure and this is a guy who can have success. The fans complained the Reds weren't doing anything and now we do and it seems there are many that are just disgusted with the deal and I just don't understand why! It might be better to pass judment when we are done and not in November (4 months before ST)!
I hear this mantra every off season. I expect a few cheap bullpen pitchers to be added and maybe another Lidle or Vanderwal type signing, but today's resigning of Paul Wilson effectively took a team with a budget as tight as the Reds' out of the market for real pitching talent, which is exactly what we need. I'll have no problem admitting I was wrong if we make a trade or signing for someone of Zito/Clement/Perez/caliber - I'll be pleasantly surprised to admit I was wrong, in fact. However, I'll expect the same out of everyone who is banging the 'The offseason isn't over!' drum, if and when we do little more to improve the team.