Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Or, as a possibility to throw out there: If a player is really concerned with more than money and wants to see a commitment to building a winning team here in Cincinnati before they ink a deal, why on Earth would they deal with Dan O'Brien right now?
The franchise is in transition, and just about everyone and their brother agrees that O'Brien is just filling a seat until the new owners can get in place and fire him. So, if you're looking for long term information about the direction of the franchise and selling points on signing, O'Brien is a bad source of information right now and likely NOT going to be the guy you're dealing with this time a couple months from now.
So, why not wait to get the full story from the new owners and whatever new management they put in place as opposed to signing on the dotted line with a lame duck GM, a lame duck ownership group, and a franchise plan that may or may not be set to change drastically in the very short term future?
If I'm the agent for Adam Dunn, unless DanO comes at me with crazy amounts of coin, I tell him politely: "Thanks, but we'll wait for the adults to show up before we have a conversation."
I agree that's a factor too, but I figure a better operator would be able to negotiate around that limitation, perhaps even insist he's working as the agent for new ownership. Dan Duquette did some quality work as a lame duck GM, for instance.
lollipop, your friend has come up with a great analogy.
Someone in the Reds organization has to convince Dunn, Lopez and Harang that the plan is to build around them. That's always the best pitch. Here's the plan with you at the center of it. Ideally what you do is go to do Dunn and say, '"Here's the young core and you're the key to it. We sign you and the others will follow. You can be the guy who brings this whole thing together."