Before the hot stove starts heating up, I want to take a second to ask for some intelligent guesses on the Reds payroll constraints.
That means... estimating the arbitration cases.
Votto is the big one.
Cueto and Volquez are also due for arb.
And Bruce will likely be a Super Two arb guy.
What in the wide wide world of sports will these guys make next season?
I've asked several times on local sports blogs for those "in the know" to hazard a guess and I haven't been replied to. So I ask Red Zone.
My guesses are below and are at least somewhat based on my quick study for comps in this chart from last year.
So... here goes. Chime in.
Votto = $10 mill
Cueto = $3.5
Volquez = $3
Bruce = $3