Today starts the filing arbitration period in MLB. The team and those players who file will exchange figures on January 18th. This is a key time for the Reds with Votto, Cueto, Volquez, Bray and Burton all eligible. I have a feeling that the Reds are probably turning their attention toward these players and getting ready for Spring Training at this point and making additions to the roster is now a secondary consideration. The figures exchanged here may give some indication about how likely the Reds may be in their ability to extend Votto and Cueto and reaching final salary numbers for these guys probably will determine whether the Reds will be able to bring anyone in with a Spring Training deal. Hopefully, the team won't be forced to dump salary in the spring if the outcome is in excess of the Reds targets.
I've been impatient with the team in wanting some improvements, but I believe that the uncertainty of this process has been the primary hold-up in the Reds making any additions to the roster.
Anyone with any guesses as to how it goes? My prediction:
Name (Amount Player will ask for - Amount Reds will Offer)
Votto ($8,500,000 - $6,500,000)
Cueto ($4,000,000 - $2,500,000)
Volquez ($3,000,000 - $2,000,000)
Bray ($1,500,000 - $750,000)
Burton ($850,000 - $640,000)