The Reds have made a couple of signings today, and Reds fans now have one less arbitration deal to wring their hands over as the team and Shin-Soo Choo agreed on a one-year deal for $7.375MM, leaving Mat Latos and Homer Bailey as the only remaining players left to sign. It appears the Reds and Choo, along with his agent Scott Boras, went down the middle on this. Choo was requesting $8MM while the Reds had countered with a number of $6.75MM.
If you’re fretting about those two, you might want to reconsider your stance a bit. Latos and Bailey will be Reds next season, guaranteed. The issue remaining for the pair is dollars. I also wouldn’t rule out that GM Walt Jocketty could still be attempting to get at least one, if not both, locked in to a long-term deal. If this is the case, then it’s years and dollars that may be holding up the process so to speak.
Earlier today, the Reds also agreed on a minor-league deal with RHP Clay Hensley. Hensley last pitched for the San Francisco Giants and complied a record of 4-5 wih an ERA of 4.62 and a WHIP of 1.579. Hensley also garnered an invite to spring training. He could provide some more bullpen depth at either the big league or minor league level.
Of course, breaking into this bullpen could be a tough haul for Hensley considering the Reds return every significant member from last year’s ‘pen. It was the best in baseball if you recall.