The Reds were in contention when they traded for Cormier, and Cormier wouldn't allow the trade unless there was an extension, so I don't think it's fair to include him in this part of the conversation. Jeff Conine has been worth his salary so far, so I'm not going to complain about trading for him. Juan Castro is making less than $1M, so I'd be nitpicking if I complained about that.
Originally Posted by RedsManRick
However, here is a list of every single pitcher who was signed in the most recent off-season who made more than Stanton's salary of $2M and less than the $7.175M the Reds would have saved if they hadn't signed Juan Castro, Jeff Conine, Rheal Cormier, and Mike Stanton. Please tell me which of these pitchers you would have signed before the season started.
I see only a couple players who could've made a noteworthy difference for the Reds. One is Jamie Walker, who will be 38 years old and making $4.5M in 2009. The other is Justin Speier, who will be 36 years old and making $5.25M in 2010. Those two are two huge investments for middle relief, if you ask me. I'm not sure the Reds can afford those kinds of risks. I think Mike Stanton was worth a shot. Also, Stanton still has a chance to turn things around.
$ 4,000,000 Danys Baez 41.1 IP 5.88 ERA 1.38 WHIP
$ 4,250,000 Joe Borowski 49 IP 5.51 ERA 1.45 WHIP
$ 3,000,000 Chad Bradford 49.1 IP 3.47 ERA 1.38 WHIP
$ 5,000,000 Octavio Dotel 27.1 IP 4.61 ERA 1.46 WHIP
$ 2,250,000 Alan Embree 55 IP 3.60 ERA 1.24 WHIP
$ 6,875,000 Adam Eaton 133 IP 6.36 ERA 1.62 WHIP
$ 5,000,000 Keith Foulke hasn't pitched
$ 6,000,000 Eric Gagne 40.1 IP 4.02 ERA 1.34 WHIP
$ 3,500,000 Roberto Hernandez 39 IP 6.23 ERA 1.80 WHIP
$ 4,000,000 Kei Igawa 62.1 IP 6.79 ERA 1.68 WHIP
$ 2,500,000 Jose Mesa 39 IP 5.77 ERA 1.44 WHIP
$ 3,100,000 Ramon Ortiz 93.1 IP 5.01 ERA 1.40 WHIP
$ 4,000,000 Joel Pineiro 53 IP 4.25 ERA 1.38 WHIP
$ 2,100,000 Chris Reitsma 23.2 IP 7.61 ERA 1.94 WHIP
$ 3,600,000 Scott Schoeneweis 42.2 IP 5.06 ERA 1.57 WHIP
$ 3,750,000 Justin Speier 34 IP 2.91 ERA 0.97 WHIP
$ 3,000,000 Jamie Walker 46 IP 3.13 ERA 1.26 WHIP
$ 4,000,000 Kip Wells 132.1 IP 5.24 ERA 1.53 WHIP
$ 6,000,000 Woody Williams 159 IP 4.92 ERA 1.37 WHIP