The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. -- Terrance Mann (Field of Dreams)
Time to move on. I don't understand why we would want to invest 2 years into a 34 year old OF that has had 1 decent season out of the last 5 years. Isn't Nick Swisher out there? If you are going to pay a guy in their 30's for 2 years, I would rather it be on someone that is relatively consistently solid.
I don't want Didi on the roster next year, I want him in AAA if he's a legit future starter.
Rolen is a good example.. Maybe giving Ludwick extra money means we have nothing left to give Rolen. I'm ok with that.
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#FPSKQsGo07uAjUGW.99Kevin Youkilis must decide whether to accept a two-year, $18MM contract to play for Terry Francona and the Indians or take a one-year, $12MM deal to play for the Yankees, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney writes (on Twitter).
This is the sort of rumor that must be giving Mr. Ludwick pause as he makes his choice.
The Reds should sign Ludwick even for slightly more money.
They should sign a platoon CF to play against righties.
They should sign at least one solid utility infielder. They do exist.
They should sign a lefty reliever to fill out the bullpen.
Folks who think this is too much to ask are living in the non-contender years.
This is a modest list. The Reds are contenders. The scrap heap days should be over.
I am not saying they should take on Juston Upton's salary. But Ludwick, a platoon CF, and two backup players is a fair expectation for a contender in the off-season.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/1...D2QbHYbjvTf.99While the Indians are hoping to sign Swisher to a four-year deal in the $48-50MM range, his market has shifted and he might now command a four-year, $60MM contract, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio reports (on Twitter).
What's great about one year of Bourn is the Reds don't give up any prospects (they could still use to trade for Myers who is locked up long term and won't cost much payroll) and then we could give Bourn a qualifying offer in the offseason, which he'll surely turn down in order to get his long term deal. More draft picks for us.
On second thought, signing him does mean forfeiting a pick this year as he turned down his qualifying offer from the Braves.