We never thought the Reds would be able to re-sign Votto, but they did.
Castellini is in it to win it. If you think there is no (or very little) chance of the Reds re-signing Choo, you haven't been paying attention. Not saying it will definitely happen, but we'll make a strong run at re-signing him, no question about it. I think it greatly helps our chances that Choo seems to love being a Red and might not want to play for 3 teams in 3 years.
That damn Ludwick contract just burns me though. I didn't mind it when I thought it was a 2-year, $15 million deal (which is was it was publicized as). Due to the Reds foolishly tacking on an "option year," it's in reality a 2-year, $19.5 million deal because there is a $4.5 million buyout in 2015 which of course the Reds will exercise. Paying Ludwick almost $10 mil a season for two years was beyond foolish.
Again, $7.5 million a season wasn't bad at all and that's what I thought the contract was. But $9.75 per year on average? What a joke. The Reds had to be bidding against themselves there. Who else in MLB was going to give Ludwick that much money coming off ONE good year (after 2 horrible years) while playing in a hitter-friendly park. Here's your answer: Absolutely no one.
Hopefully the overpaying of Ludwick doesn't prevent the Reds from having enough money to re-sign Choo, but I fear it could be a factor. That absurd contract given to Broxton to be a $7 million set-up man won't help matters either.