Francisco Cordero and Ramon Hernandez were Type A free agents. Under the new CBA rules, they’re now Type B. The new rules are both good and bad for the Reds. The bad news is, if we had arbitration, we now would get a lesser pick. The good news is, because we probably weren’t going to offer arbitration to either Hernandez or Cordero, we will now at least get some form of compensation.
The Reds have a few other Type B guys. Matt Capps, Octavio Dotel and Darren Oliver are also Type B’s. So the Reds should get plenty of those sandwich compensation picks in the 2012 draft. Hopefully they can put them to good use.
It was another nice year for second baseman Brandon Phillips and with that, now the team has to decide what do with him. The Reds have Phillips for 2012 for $12 million but after that all bets are off. Apparently Phillips was talking to the brass at the General Manager’s Meeting but Walt Jocketty said they’re still pretty far from a deal.
Phillips is looking for Dan Uggla money and he’s been firm on not taking a hometown discount. Phillips career was an odd one. He was a blue chip prospect for the Indians where he faltered and was given up for dead. The Reds got him for nothing and he immediately caught fire. Now he’s one of the top second basemen in the game. He won the Silver Slugger this year and while his home runs were down, he was still a very productive player.
It was a crazy year for Aroldis Chapman. He spent a big chunk of the season with the Bats and while he was still touching 100 mph, at times he was very hittable. Also, the Reds have to decide what they want to do with him. They’ve had him in the pen the last couple of years but I think they’re finally getting with the program and realizing they’ll get more value out of him as a starter. I also think he needs to get his bearings back so that’s why I was glad to hear he’s not going to be playing winter ball this year.
The shoulder problems in the AFL were particular troubling so the next time we hear anything from Chapman, it’ll be in the Cactus League. The plan is for him to go to Florida to work out this winter with some of the team’s trainers. He’ll be close to home and the Reds will be able to monitor his progress. Me likee.