Originally Posted by Unassisted
I guess that ends the notion that DanO offered him arbitration for the sole purpose of collecting the draft pick. Unless this is part of the charade?
I figured all along that DanO wanted Rich back. Think about it, why would Rich agree to be offered arb and agree to turn it down if negotiations weren't ongoing? It was never about getting another draft pick. Allen doesn't want to pay for additional draft picks (Look what we did with the comp pick from not signing Sowers.. picked a bad prospect with no leverage that would sign cheap).
I know I'm in the vast minority, but I wouldn't mind having Aurillia back. He's only going to take playing time away from Womack and maybe Freel.. it's not like he'd block a hot prospect. If Encarcion can't beat out Aurillia for playing time, he doesn't deserve PT (I said the same thing about Lopez last year).
Competition for playing time is good. I don't understand the great dread if Aurillia comes back. He would give us legitimate depth (unlike Machado, etc) that we desparately need.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!