Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
I just meant that they are willing to go over budget this year if it means improving the team. Gonzalez won't be cheap if they sign him, and they already are at budget.
Arguments about being all in aside, I would hope Gonzalez actually is pretty cheap if the Reds sign him. Based on the report from MLB trade rumors, it seems other teams are mainly interested in offering him a minor league deal, and his ERA/FIP/xFIP were all up last year from 2010. His main value seems to be as a lefty specialist, and relievers in that role simply don't demand much in terms of salary.

Of course, he is a Scott Boras client, so that could change the analysis. . . .