I'd rather have Latos anyway. I never saw a way for the Reds to keep both Latos and Bailey, while still having money for offense. Latos, Stephenson, Cingrani and Leake has the potential to be a very good rotation in 2016.
A team like the Reds needs to build from within, while keeping a few key pieces. If they are unable to build, quite frankly, they don't deserve to win.
Waiting on the Latos and Bailey extensions continue to cost as salary escalation continues.
Unfortunately for the Reds, with a lot of wasted service time in Homer's first few years playing yo-yo with his options, it took until the back end of his arb years to get the production on the field. A nice problem, but left a short window to maximize his value (Compare that to striking gold with Wacha).
Offseason checklist remains a snoozer...
1) Sign Latos and/or Bailey to LTC
2) Chapman to the rotation (then trading Bailey for offense if he won't sign a LTC)
3) Move BP to free salary in the right deal
4) Fill holes in LF/SS
Maybe they will wise up when it comes to Cingrani and Stephenson.
Last edited by Norm Chortleton; 02-08-2014 at 07:13 PM.
one hope I'm holding onto is that Walt is a in a holding patter waiting to see if he can sign Home long-term or not. If he does, fine. If not he takes part of what he was going to give Bailey and uses it to make a deal to add some kind of offensive help. Whether that includes dealing Bailey as well? Don't know.
Hope I'm not giving Jocketty too much credit, but I fear I am.
If Homer won't sign long term, the Reds will sign him for one year.
They will then keep him for the season if it goes well. They will trade him at the July deadline if the season doesn't go well.
Spring training trades do happen. But not usually.
And if the Reds try to trade Homer after failing to sign him, I don't think they will get the best offers. Teams will surmise the Reds are desperate to get rid of his salary for one season.
The Reds have had months and months to make deals. It's kind of late. I'm expecting Homer to sign, probably for one year, and this is your team.
In the future, I hope the Reds are more pro-active with their player moves.
Last edited by Kc61; 02-08-2014 at 08:13 PM.
Walt has spent the offseason working with Russian efficiency, and quality.
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
in the postseason everything is possible! in 2012 the better postseason team with the better pitching lost to the later ws champs who were not very good!
the reds have question marks and more than other teams, but I donīt see how they could have improved without destroying the future!
it was a good move to let choo walk (for that money), it was a good move to not sign some of those big name outfielders (for that money)... if they can sign some guys long term it wasnīt that bad of an offseason as reds fans think
edit: and I donīt know how many seasons you followed the reds, but compared to some years ago this team is great! how often will you see that great pitching + defence with a reds uniform? donīt know how I could lose interest in this team
Last edited by tomnuetten; 02-08-2014 at 08:27 PM.
Is it beyond the realm of possibility that maybe Bailey is adamant about testing free agency? Weird to blame the GM when we have no idea what's going on. This isn't Baseball Mogul.
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...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.