No sooner than the tweet hit my timeline and the plethora of re-tweets emerged, I read possibly the biggest news to hit the Cincinnati sports scene in quite some time. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Reds are nearing an extension with one Joey Votto. The report also states that the total deal amount has not been defined, but the deal could surpass $200 million.
That’s a safe bet.
That being said, I absolutely loved a “follow-up” from our friends over on Red Reporter…
— Red Reporter (@redreporter) April 2, 2012
A harsh joke indeed…
And other Reds fans may now be wondering then about the contract situation surrounding Brandon Phillips.
A few days ago, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the hang-ups are assumed to be the length and the money. Phillips is in line to earn $12 million this season and that figure is likely to be a low-end number.
Prior to Rosenthal’s report, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN stated that “Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said “one way or another,” the contract negotiations with second baseman Brandon Phillips are expected to be done by Opening Day.” At the time that was out on the interwebs, neither John Fay nor Mark Sheldon knew (or reported) any such thoughts. Ongoing negotiations, right? Not…so…fast.
With the Votto extension reportedly close, this will be the new buzz surrounding the team. With this news, Rosenthal tweeted the following…
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 2, 2012
We all know this. The Reds like to be tight-lipped on many issues. No surprise they are in regards to both BP’s and Votto’s contract statuses.
Oh, the not so great news? Aroldis Chapman will begin the season in the bullpen. To that, I say something else that begins with “bull”, but ends with four other letters.
Seriously? This guy has absolutely pitched his tail off this spring. I understand the concerns surrounding Bill Bray (as does Dusty per a Fay tweet), but if any pitcher made a case to be among the starting staff, it is clearly Chapman.
Starter, reliever, starter, and now, back to reliever. Dude’s head has got to be spinning. He also has to be shaking his head over the decision and wondering, “What’s a guy got to do?”