"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/...k_cin&c_id=cinMadson was a prized free-agent acquisition in the winter, when he signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with an $11 million mutual option for 2013. The option is unlikely to get picked up, and he would get a $2.5 million buyout. But Madson would like to return to Cincinnati next year.
"I'm waiting for this thing to crank back up. I'd love to be back here," Madson said. "I don't see any reason not to. When I left Spring Training, we had some good talks. Hopefully that's still in place."
Does Madson want to return because of the very friendly player option? Or would he take less to stay? What would you do?
I'd love to bring him back as our closer for 2013.
I read an article (I forget off the top of my head where it came from) that interviewed Madson and he was quoted as saying that he and Walt talked about him coming back next year. He said the talks were promising. Also he said that he wants to come back to Cincinnati. A 1 year deal with a team option for a 2nd sounds good to me. I just hope he comes back like Joe Nathan did. Seems like its harder for a closer to come back from Tommy John and be good than it is a starter. Seems kind of odd if you ask me.
"Losing feels worse than winning feels good." -Vin Scully
Chapman will end up being the Reds' long-term closer and Madson will go elsewhere, IMO.
Has everyone noticed that no one in the Reds' rotation has missed a start this season? You know how many of those guys are free agents after this year? Zero. So, what makes anyone think Chapman will actually be a starter next year? They said he'd be a starter this year. It's obvious IMO he'll be a closer again next year. For those that disagree, which current Reds starter won't be back? Cueto? Latos? Arroyo? Leake? Bailey? (Exactly.)
That said, I am of the opinion that Latos and Cueto are keepers. Arroyo could be dumped if another team was desparate. Leake and Bailey are subject to be traded.
I'm not saying that is what will happen, but you seem to be of the opinion that it is a lead pipe lock that the same 5 guys will compose next season's rotation. Possible? Yes. Absolutely? No.
Everybody and their mother seems to forget that Arroyo is a 10 and 5 player, and can't be traded without his permission.
My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!
Even though it would be awesome if the Reds sold high on Arroyo (who has pitched quite well this year), they won't. And I'm not even sure they can. They need the pitching and it's not like they can just slot Chapman into the rotation. I guess they could try to put Simon or LeCure in the 5 spot, but I'm not sure that would work out all that well. Too bad we don't have Travis Wood anymore. He would've been a decent 5th starter.