What gives there? Just not a big enough contract? (2-years/$8 million.)
If we didn't even get a draft pick for losing him, not re-signing him was an even bigger mistake than I thought. Then again, he's not having a great year with the Rangers, but I would still love him in the Reds' pen right now. We already have a good pen ... Rhodes would make it great. Bray is really the only reliable lefty. Hopefully Chapman will be. And hopefully Horst will be. But as it stands, we have one reliable lefty in the bullpen. And no one considered Bill Bray "reliable" until this season.
I'm just surprised at seeing who all these teams got compensatory picks for. Some are obvious (like losing Carl Crawford) but there are some very mediocre players that teams lost via free agency and they are being rewarded for not signing said mediocre players by getting very-valuable draft picks. We lose a legit good player who signed a very lucrative deal for a setup man and get jack squat in return? What a joke. MLB should take into account the position the player plays. Losing Rhodes was a big blow and we should have been given some type of compensatory pick. It's ridiculous that there were tons of compensatory picks and the Reds got exactly zero. More genius from Bud and his crew.
And not only do we not get any compensatory picks, it makes the pool of players smaller to pick from once we FINALLY get to pick in the second round. Baseball has made a joke out of this compensatory pick thing.