Originally Posted by registerthis
Yep. Ended up being a crap-for-crap deal. The baseball equivalent of a tree falling in an empty forest.
The deal is still open, the Reds still own 3 of the players and the weight of the motion filed with MLB, the Nationals have invested in Kearns
# 07:$3.5M, 08:$5M, 09:$8M, 10:$10M club option ($1M buyout)
WOW, would our fans be PISSED OFF if we were paying Kearns that kind of Jack!! That's absolutely HORRENDOUS for that production.
Life could be worse!
WOW, are we lucky we found Josh Hamilton. That, and our Young guys - Votto, Bruce, Cueto/Dumatrait - have us poised to be CHEAP for a long time, and to "Gracefully" deal with Hatte/Conine, Lohse, as well as give us OPTIONS for dealing with Griffey.
We have a CHEAP lineup full of powerful guys. We can AFFORD to invest in SP and KEEP a guy like Dunn/Griffey if we want to.
Of our Starting Position players currently under contract, in 2009, nobody will make more than $4M - Freel will be at $4M and Gonzo at $5M and change, BOTH in the last year of their contracts.
in 2008: Hamilton, Phillips, EE, Votto - all START for <$500K
Hopper, Keppinger, Lopez all on your bench for <$500K
Bailey and Belisle both <$500K
Got about 6 Relief Pitchers making <$500K
Total, that's 15 guys @ 500k = $7.5M
Ross $2.5M, Valentin $1.3M, and Freel $3M round out your bench.
Weathers $2.5M (I say he's worth it, keep him)
Round it up, call it $17M
Griffey $6.0M ($6.5M Deferred)
GRAND TOTAL: $57M (+guys DFA'd) and ONE SP slot left.
Dunn $15M *(if signed to 5YR $75M deal)
GRAND TOTAL: call it $60M with some raises and increases to Freel/Ross.
Subtract Weathers also gone, as well as Valentin has an option for 2008,and replace that with a $4M Closer.
You've STILL got lots of money to get you to $75/80M roster.