Well this is shocking. It never occurred to me that the Reds would be big players this year.
Now the contract terms aren't ideal, but they almost never are through free agency. SO if you are going to go the FA route, then you aren't going to get a great contract in terms of length. So I think the Reds overpayed a bit, and a 3 year deal would be ideal, but that just wasn't going to happen.
One thing I don't mind is A couple of extra million to get a great player sure beats giving the extra money to a Stanton. So to me, this contract is a no-brainer from the Reds standpoint. I just didn't realize that the payroll was going to oncrease, or that we would be able to offer the best contract to a legit player. I mean we just pulled away with the best free agent pitcher available. Really shocking.
Cordero, Burton, and Bray is a good start IMO. Weathers can go back to middle relief where he belongs. We have our relief 'ace' and another strong addition to the pen would make it become pretty formidable.
Plus this signing might be the move that signals a big turnaround. The Reds hav finally shown the willingness to spend ig money to get a big player. Last time they tried, it was on a completely wrong target. This time, they got it right. There wasn't a better pitcher available. There will be better bargains handed out, perhaps with a risk like Kerry Wood, but his pitcher will improve the Reds more than any other pitcher would have. And that is an astoning feat for this team. Something we haven't been able to say for a long time.