Looks like the Reds don't think the economy will turn around until 2010.
Pay attention to the open sky
I'm not high on Encarnacion's long-term future with the club, but they don't have any better options than him right now. Hopefully the economy doesn't continue to tank and leave the Reds holding the bag for a deal far in excess of what he would receive in arbitration or what they could get from a FA by non-tendering him.
23 Years and Counting...
Reasonable deal, with the potential to be a real bargain for the Reds if EE continues to develop his power. And, if he has plateaued, a contract that will still be easy to move.
Well done, Walt.
And, I disagree with whomever thought this contract shows a lack of Reds interest in the coming 3b pipeline. I disagree. This will only be Frazier's first year at AAA, and they still have not settled on a position for him. Francisco is only in his first year at AA. If Francisco is who they have their eye on, this gives him time to continue to develop.
As for '10, it's kind of an all-or-nothing deal to me. If he's playing poorly enough that we regret having that $4.75 million on the books, he'll probably lose his job altogether.
The part that concerns me is, instead of just signing him for $2.85 million this year, there's a "signing bonus" that the Reds can defer all the way to November. Makes me wonder if they're concerned about cash flow.
Not all who wander are lost
If Edwin hits 33 homeruns this year with an OPS around .860 or so, this deal will be great from the Reds' perspective.
Even if he "only" hits around 26 homeruns again this year with an OPS around .820 it will still be a fair deal at $4.75 million for 2010.
in fact, in spite of the sandbagging, I suspect that he'll be ready this year. In which case, it's unfortunate that the guy that you just might want to nontender has a guarantee for 2010. it cuts off that option. Kudos to EdE's agent.
at least the Reds can't figure out positions for either of 'em. Gold Glove incentive... I love it.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!