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Thread: Reds pursuing reliever Mike Gonzalez

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    Re: Reds pursuing reliever Mike Gonzalez

    I have it on good authority that Gonzalez decided not to sign with the Reds because he would have been embarrassed to wear the new road batting practice caps.

    otoh, he really liked the old school hidden "mb" on the Brewers' alternate caps.

    The same issue kept him from signing back with the Braves.
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    Re: Reds pursuing reliever Mike Gonzalez

    I'm surprised Gonzalez didn't command more money, especially with at least 3 teams after his services. 1-year, $2.25 million? Sure wish we would have matched that or offered him $2.5 million. It seems the only piece missing is a lefty out of the pen and that's a small price to pay. Average salary for an MLB player last year was $3.2 million (for reference).

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    Re: Reds pursuing reliever Mike Gonzalez

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve4192 View Post
    I'm not saying it wouldn't be nice to add another lefty to the bullpen mix. I'm just saying it's not a huge need. They already have one of the best lefty relievers in the game (Marshall) and a couple of other very talented southpaws who may (or may not) play big roles in the 2013 bullpen (Chapman, Cingrani). The Reds have quality in-house solutions if the free agent market doesn't work out for them.
    Thing is, with Chapman in the rotation, the Reds have some questions in the pen. Broxton and Marshall are solid and I think Lecure could be ready for a bigger role. OTOH, Hoover is still unproven with some command issues and flyball tendencies and could be hit hard now that the league has seen him a bit. Masset is coming off a pretty serious arm problem. Ondrusek is a fringe guy. Simon had a career year at age 31 and is no sure thing to repeat. Arredondo walks the ballpark. I think the Reds need another guy with a track record. Getting one who is a lefty makes the most sense.

    Assuming Leake is the long reliever and Lecure, Marshall and Broxton are locks, the Reds need three more guys. I don't want three of those others on the roster. I'd go with Hoover and one of the others. The last spot would be for an addition or maybe Cingrani. Masset, Ondrusek, Simon and Arredondo should be fighting for one spot IMO.
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