Re: Reds sign Pena to 1 year $1.25 mil. deal.
Boy, when you fall out of favor around here you can do nothing right. I think we should take it easy on DanO on this one.
Realistically, what can you expect him to do? New owners are entering in 3 days. No player is going to sign a multi-year deal until they see what the new owners plan for them and the team. Nobody is going to negotiate with a lame duck.
O'Brien is simply trying to avoid arb hearings this year, leaving open the possibility of long-term deals. These are caretaker moves.
Frankly, I don't want DanO signing anyone to a long-term deal at this moment, including Dunn. Hopefully, there will be a new head of baseball operations soon who will have a plan for the team. Maybe signing Dunn for $50 million is part of that plan; maybe it isn't. Let the new guy decide.
DanO's biggest flaw, in my view, was his failure to change Bowden's team and re-design it to be better. Instead, he was "conservative" and made only small changes. We've seen the result. I hope the new guys are bolder and re-shape this team. Let them do it, though, once they get in.