Your response:He's letting the market come back to him, the more places that get their spots locked up faster the more leverage he picks up with the rest of the guys. The way things have played out so far are a positive for us now we just need the Phillies to make a big move and we could end up with a new CF and keep Ludwick.
And, with that, I am out of this conversation. I will just wait and see how it all shakes out.Exactly right Hero.
Furthermore, I did not read anything about FREE AGENT MARKET only in the above comments. So you may want to be a little more specific in your posts.
if you wait to long they might. I don't doubt Jocketty, im just saying it is possible to wait too long, but its not even winter meetings yet so obviously its not too late
While they may be a better team than us I don't believe that trade really pertains to us. We both lost in the Division Series and we both had the best records in baseball. I believe in making our team the best in our division because once you get to the playoffs its pure luck. Look at the Cardinals and Tigers from last year. Look at the Cardinals the year before. Anything can happen in the playoffs so all we should worry about is making the Reds the best team in the NL Central every year.
While the Nats now have a top of the order hitter and can use Harper to drive in runs they still appear to be losing 100 RBI and 33 HR guy from last year who was 6th in MVP voting and won the SS and GG at 1B or a monster in Michael Morse of the 2012 team so they aren't the same 2012 team getting better. If Harper isn't ready to hold down the 4 hole yet they could run into some issues next year.
Last edited by HometownHero; 11-29-2012 at 08:01 PM.
Here is an article from 2 weeks ago with comments from Jocketty:
Look, I'm not saying I didn't want Span or that Jocketty shouldn't go after him to wait for cheap free agents. I happen to think he would have been a good fit but for whatever reason he saw the cost as prohibitive. However, the silver lining I take from this is that as other teams fill OF needs, the leverage of the available free agents goes down. The Reds can't afford $15M a year for Upton or $20M a year for Hamilton and guys like Ludwick are not going to just settle this early in free agency. Their agents are going to try and get as much money for as many years as they can. So maybe a guy like Bourn sees the market dry up and, like other Scott Boras clients, decides to play for a winner on a 1 year deal and give it a shot again next year. The Reds could then squeeze him in on a Ryan Madson type deal. Ludwick may take a 2 year deal with the Reds when there are only 2-3 teams vying for his services rather than 5-6.
I apologize if I came off as snarky before, that was certainly not my intent. I was just trying to understand your point of view