Posted by JohnFay at 8/16/2008 4:44 PM EDT on Cincinnati.com
Talked to Walt Jocketty about Yonder Alonso today. Two things:
--They think he'll be ready in the 2010. "He thinks he's ready now," Jocketty said. "I like that."
--The Reds will consider moving Joey Votto to the outfield. Left is the obvious spot. Alonso will work out at third base as well as first.
Was it a good signing? It depends on how Alonso turns out. I think he has the potential to be a Lance Berkman type -- a good hitter with power and a great on-base percentage. His on-base was .534 this year. The Reds need more hitters like that. This team is terrible at running up pitch counts.
But it's a huge step from college to the majors. We saw that with Brandon Larson, who the Reds took over Berkman by the way.
Here's the details on the contract:
--$2 million signing bonus. $1.5 million paid at approval. $500,000 paid June 15, 2009.
--$50,000 in salary for the rest of this season.
--$400,000 in 2009; $500,000 in 2010; $600,000 in 2011; $1 million in 2012.
--Tuition payments of three semesters at $26,000 each ($20,000-tuition; $6,000 expenses.)
--Family trip to Major League Debut
--Bonus money: $25,000 Rookie of the year; $100,000 MVP; $25,000 Gold Glove; $100,000 World Series MVP; $50,000 League Champion Series MVP; $25,000 Silver Slugger; $50,000 All-Star MVP; $25,000 All-Star selection.
--2012 may be voided if he has enough Major League service time to qualify for arbitration.