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There’s a general feeling that with it now being the off-season that there isn’t much to read about baseball unless you’re a playoff team.

Not true at all, and I’ll show you a couple of posts well worth your time.


John Erardi provides an excellent read into what cold very well be the most important off-season in well over a decade for the Reds. One point he makes that some may flip out over is this…

Everyone loves Datdude, but playing the odds means thanking him at the end of 2012 and letting someone else overpay for his decline.

I think I have read similar tweets from a couple of Reds fans.

Dayton Dragons catcher Tucker Barnhart was rewarded for his excellent defense as he collected a Gold Glove. Not surprising he won it. Read this from the Dragons website and it will be obvious. Adding to the honor is that only 8 other players throughout the minors were selected. Truly elite to receive this honor.

Honestly, I believe the biggest off-season move any team made was the Rangers getting Mike Napoli from the Toronto Blue Jays. I know the Blue Jays got a closer in Frank Francisco, but Napoli’s bat is a perfect fit for the Ballpark.

You’re a beerman. You’re talking to a former player of the team in which you peddle the beer. You’re the one that gets suspended and the other dude (former player who now plays for the rival) grabbed his crotch. Where is the justice in that!?!?!

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  • beeker

    I agree with Erardi that $12M is a ton of money to tie up in Cordero. (And that when he does lose it, it is going to be brutally ugly). They would be better off to keep him until they can see if Masset or Ondrusek or Bray can step up their game to take over. Volquez is an interesting suggestion, but he just walks too many. If they are going to convert a starter, I am more open to trying Bailey. He does well the first time through the order, but he gets figured out the 2nd time through. That’s not such a concern as set-up guy/closer.

    I disagree with Erardi about Phillips though, and not just because he is a favorite. He says that 85% of Phillips is good enough, but who is that person? Valaika? Frasier? I don’t want to break the bank for him, and he has said before that he would like to retire here (we will see how serious he is about that). But if money is the worry, I look at trying to do something with Arroyo and Rolen before patting Phillips on the head and sending him on his way.

    It is easy to say that 85% is good enough. If the Reds follow his advice and the replacements don’t work out, all he has to do is criticize the move. And what is he going to say if Chicago is the team who decides to give Phillips his payday? Or St Louis? (HA! Aren’t I funny!)

  • beeker

    I agree with Erardi that $12M is a ton of money to tie up in Cordero. (And that when he does lose it, it is going to be brutally ugly). They would be better off to keep him until they can see if Masset or Ondrusek or Bray can step up their game to take over. Volquez is an interesting suggestion, but he just walks too many. If they are going to convert a starter, I am more open to trying Bailey. He does well the first time through the order, but he gets figured out the 2nd time through. That’s not such a concern as set-up guy/closer.

    I disagree with Erardi about Phillips though, and not just because he is a favorite. He says that 85% of Phillips is good enough, but who is that person? Valaika? Frasier? I don’t want to break the bank for him, and he has said before that he would like to retire here (we will see how serious he is about that). But if money is the worry, I look at trying to do something with Arroyo and Rolen before patting Phillips on the head and sending him on his way.

    It is easy to say that 85% is good enough. If the Reds follow his advice and the replacements don’t work out, all he has to do is criticize the move. And what is he going to say if Chicago is the team who decides to give Phillips his payday? Or St Louis? (HA! Aren’t I funny!)

  • Steven Engbloom

    That is a chunk of change, but I honestly don’t think a deal with Cordero would be $12 million per year. If no extension can be worked, I can’t see the Reds picking up that $12 mill option.

    I completely agree with you on the 85% deal. The Reds do not have that person. Well, no one proven. It could be Frazier or Valaika. Who knows? You don’t unless you’re willing to take the gamble.

    I do not think Reds fans will “settle on” 85% though, and that’s where the rub really kicks in.

    People keep saying to redo Arroyo’s deal. The extension was done before 2011 began and I do not think he’ll redo it. I wouldn’t if I was in his shoes either. And you can’t trade Arroyo either. The second you do, he gets a check for $15 mill from the Reds.

    I think Rolen will be all right. The best thing was shutting him down for the rest of 2011. It will only give him more time to heal and get ready for 2012.

  • Steven Engbloom

    That is a chunk of change, but I honestly don’t think a deal with Cordero would be $12 million per year. If no extension can be worked, I can’t see the Reds picking up that $12 mill option.

    I completely agree with you on the 85% deal. The Reds do not have that person. Well, no one proven. It could be Frazier or Valaika. Who knows? You don’t unless you’re willing to take the gamble.

    I do not think Reds fans will “settle on” 85% though, and that’s where the rub really kicks in.

    People keep saying to redo Arroyo’s deal. The extension was done before 2011 began and I do not think he’ll redo it. I wouldn’t if I was in his shoes either. And you can’t trade Arroyo either. The second you do, he gets a check for $15 mill from the Reds.

    I think Rolen will be all right. The best thing was shutting him down for the rest of 2011. It will only give him more time to heal and get ready for 2012.

  • Steven Engbloom

    Upon review, Erardi’s 85% comment was aimed at Cordero. Still, not in agreement there either.

  • Steven Engbloom

    Upon review, Erardi’s 85% comment was aimed at Cordero. Still, not in agreement there either.