Re: Reds sign Pena to 1 year $1.25 mil. deal.
I truly fear for the future of this team.
I understand the new ownership coming in and all that. But the Reds do have some valuable pieces that a good team can be built around. But they are rapidly approaching (if not there or past it) where they need to *prove* to those players they are the Reds' future.
If they don't lock up that talent and lose it to free agency and given the current dearth of talent in the farm system, the current losing stretch will look like a walk in the park compared to a team with no Dunn, Kearns, Pena, Lopez, etc. *and* an abysmal pitching staff.
New management's #1 priority should be figuring out, once and for all, if these guys are the future. If they are, then do what it takes to sign them. If not, get a canny GM that will be able to pick the appropriate time in the market and get good young equivalent value for them.
And if they dither about and do neither and let them go in FA and all we get are draft picks that are years away, we are massively hosed for the foreseeable future.
Pardon me while I go slash my wrists.
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