Originally Posted by TRF
Why sign Randa when you have Freel?
Why offer 25.5 mil to Milton if O. Perez is still on the market?
Why trade a Mosely for an Ortiz? Especially if from all reports it is likely the reds could have gotten him for much less?
Why not sign or at least go after Wade Miller? for 1.5 mil, he might be the steal of the off season.
it's mistake after mistake after mistake going all the way back to drafting homer bailey over chris nelson.
that's the reason for negativity.
What makes you think that Perez didn't just flat out say "no" to the Reds? After all, he has had Jose Rijo and Jim Bowden talking in his ear. I'm sure they gave the Reds props.
Because Randa was cheap, gives us a legit (not perfect) third baseman, and allows Freel to do what he should be doing--being a supersub that gets 250-350 ABs filling in all over the diamond.
Ortiz was not likely to be non-tendered. Moseley was a middling prospect. Of course, suddenly he's a top prospect because he isn't ours anymore.
The Reds made it publicly know they were going after Wade Miller. Maybe they didn't like what they heard with respect to medical opinions--from the Red Sox, he got their equivalent of the major league minimum, and he probably wanted to be a part of a more sure thing than the Reds.