BP Weighs in
Re-signed RHP Paul Wilson to a two-year, $8.2 million contract, with a club option for 2007. [11/30]
I can see this as a need-driven signing, but there are echoes of this deal that make me think this is like the team's unfortunate tendency to re-commit to Pete Harnisch not so very long ago. Yes, Wilson has been useful relative to the team's alternatives the last two years. Yes, he's not irreparably broken by his run-in with Dallas Green's Shred-O-Matic Decision Tree of Manly Machismo. But it's also worth noting he wasn't really that great last year, or the year before. He was useful, yes, and in a world that's paying Brian Anderson $6.5 million over a couple of seasons to be pretty awful, I think we can all accept the case that Wilson's worth this sort of price on the open market. My question is whether you can contend in the NL Central when you can afford one "name" pitcher, and the name you've got is Paul Wilson at this sort of price. It's up to Dan O'Brien to conjure up a bit more than this if the Reds want to keep up with the front three in the division.