I think Jeff Keppinger would be reasonable. Good guy to have on the bench and play 3B, 2B, 1B and maybe even LF if needed.
I'll refrain from making any suggestions and leave it to the people that know everything.
"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
Get the topic back on track, please.
Ryan Madson Declines Mutual Option
By Mike Axisa [October 31 at 8:34pm CST]
Ryan Madson has declined his half of a mutual option for 2013, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The option was worth $11MM, and he'll instead receive a $2.5MM buyout.
Madson, 32, did not pitch at all in 2012 due to Tommy John surgery after signing a one-year, $8.5MM deal with the Reds last winter. From 2009-2011 he pitched to a 2.78 ERA with 9.6 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9, however. The Phillies have some interest in bringing Madson back for next year, but the right-hander will seek a job closing.
You'd think if a team is willing to pickup their half of the mutual option, but the player declines, the player wouldn't get the buyout.
It was part of the original agreement. Essentially the Reds signed him for 1 year 10M, and including the buyout as part of the mutual option was simply a way of deferring the 2.5M at the end of the season and give the Reds more money upfront to play around with.
In almost all circumstances the mutual option is turned down by one party. I doubt either party thought there was much of a chance of the option being picked up by both sides.
MLBTR posted their predictions for the top 50 free agents.
I have to say it's appropriate that it's Halloween, given how scary prediction number 44 is.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
It was simply a statement that sugesting that we obtain X,Y,Z star player(s) without mentioning who we would trade for these players, nor how we would handle their payroll implications, isn't particularly helpful.
I think we all know that having Wright at 3B, Trout in CF and Soriano at closer would make the Reds a very good team. So why don't we make this happen?
What is Melky Cabrera expected to bring? People act like he has to take a one year contract to rebuild his cache with baseball. I doubt he would take a whopping outlay of cash.
The Reds should make the qualyfing offers to keep Madson and Broxton. If they refuse the $13.3 Million qualifying offers the Reds would receive compensation first round picks. If both or one of the players accept the $13.3 Million then the Reds could either keep them or trade them. Bray and other players could be non tendered if necessary.
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