The baseball season never sleeps. If it’s not free agent signing season, it’s awards season. If it’s not winter ball season, it’s arbitration season. Anyway, the Reds have two guys to take care of in the next couple of weeks because Edwin Encarnacion and David Weathers both filed for arbitration.
Edwin had his breakout year last year and he expects to be paid. If the Reds were less short sighted, they’d lock Edwin up to a multi-year deal despite the poor fielding to date (he can only get better, right). He showed some strides both with the stick (25 homeruns) and taking walks (61, a career high). In addition, he avoided injury, which is good. His batting average was a touch down and that’s probably what will excuse the Reds from locking up a guy who’s a potential All Star.
David Weathers has been pitching forever and odds are, he gets his one year deal. This is an instance where I wouldn’t if the Reds actually went to the table. Still, you can’t argue that Weathers has been solid, and he was very good last year setting up Francisco Cordero. So we’ll just have to wait and see what happens this weekend.
We’re getting closer to the “Big Game” and I would like to see what the odds to win the super bowl were for the Cardinals at the beginning of the year. Still, they’re going to be the underdogs and now I’m just waiting to see what the Super Bowl Point Spread will be.
The votes are in for the Hall of Fame and congratulations to Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice. I like the way things are working out and while I’m not a huge fan of Andre Dawson (Tim Raines anyone), the fact that Bert Blyleven is on the cusp is a good thing. Next year’s class will include Barry Larkin, and while I think he’ll get his plaque, I don’t see him getting in on the first try. Robbie Alomar will probably steal that show and the debate will begin on Barry and Edgar Martinez. Hopefully Blyleven and Dawson both get in and that will result in some of the midlevel cream (Jack Morris, Raines and Lee Smith) to begin rising up.
The Reds big move of 2009 has been the resigning of Jerry Hairston, Jr. Not bad because he did well for us and can play anywhere, but the Reds need to get into the game or their go to miss out on some opportunities. I know Cincinnati doesn’t lead the list of cities guys want to go, but it’s not like we’ve been too aggresive or anything.
I do like the name that’s been bounced around though. If Bobby Abreu can find his way into a Reds uniform, he’d immediately be deemed my favorite player. Knowing out luck, it’ll be Garrett Anderson who ends up in the Reds outfield though.
Well, my new favorite player didn’t even become a Red as my hopeful signing, Pat Burrell, signed a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. It was a nice little deal for the Rays too and you wonder why the Reds didn’t jump. You’d think with a veteran manager (Dusty Baker) and a top notch general manager (Walt Jocketty) that this team would be on their way back but we’re a year plus into the regime and we’re still waiting.
There’s a decent story on Adam Dunn at the Enquirer. He’s still out there and while he’d be a good fit for the Reds, odds are they won’t roll that way because of Dunn’s past with the Reds (not that it’s bad, they just gave up on him once, so why go out and get him back). It looks like the Dodgers have shown some interest if the Giants can steal Manny but our old friend Jim Bowden in Washington might also have his eyes on Dunnster.
Here’s another reason why the Willie Taveras signing looks foolish. Now Andruw Jones might be available at a bargain basement price. Not that a Jones signing wouldn’t have its risks, but at least there’s a lot more upside then Willie T. In the meantime, the Reds are waiting to hear from Jerry Hairston, Jr. but that’s another snoozer deal.
I know the economy has all of the mid-market teams spooked, but c’mon. Burrell is a premier slugger and he got scooped up for $8 million per. If the Reds wait too long, they’ll be left holding the bag.