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Darren Oliver and David Weathers Accept Arbitration

The only players to accept arbitration out of the 24 players offered were Darren Oliver and David Weathers. I like the decisions by both.

Darren Oliver.jpgOliver was a Type A free agent. With so many other viable left handed relievers on the market that wouldn’t cost a draft pick, Oliver figured to have a small market. By accepting arb., he will probably get a salary of near 5 million next year. The Angels will want to hang on to him; he would keep the bullpen strong even after losing Francisco Rodriguez. I think it was smart for the Angels to offer arbitration, and also smart for Oliver to accept it.

Weathers was a Type B free agent, so his market wouldn’t beDavid Weathers.jpg hurt by his Elias ranking. However, he wanted to return to the Reds and his market was thin for whatever reason. This is a lucky move by the Reds. Weathers can come in and help stabilize the 8th inning while setting up for Francisco Cordero. It’s a good thing for them that he didn’t decline arb. to sign elsewhere. The Reds will continue looking for bullpen help, particularly from the left side. Arthur Rhodes could make a lot of sense.

 

I think it was smart for these two players to accept arbitration, but I also think the teams are happy also.

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Offseason Plan: Cincinnati Reds


The Cincinnati Reds are trying to retool what is a bad season for them. Oddly, after losing adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. They think they can be better than they were this year. They have a lot of money to burn. About 30 million is coming off the books in contracts. They probably won’t spend it all in one plce, but will spend a lot of it. They have many holes. Five of them. They need a reliever, shortstop, left fielder, center fielder, and a catcher.They will go after Raul Ibanez, Garret Anderson, and Jaun Rivera to be their left fielder. They also will pursue Mark Kotsay as their center fielder. They could go after a guy like David Eckstein for shortstop, and Jason Varitek makes a lot of sense at catcher if the Red Sox don’t resign him. They could try to resign David Weathers and Jeremy Affeldt. The Reds have the money to fill all of their holes, just not with impact players. They are hoping they get a bounce back season from Aaron Harang and that Johnny Cueto steps up the be the #3 they need. Micah Owings is a solid #5 starter if he beats out Homer Baily for the finale spot in the rotation. Baily needs to step up as well. For the offense, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce need to become big-time run producers. The rest if the offense needs to be solid as well. This team reminds me a lot like the other Ohio team, the Indians. Both teams have a lot of things that need to go right, but if they do, these teams will be contenders.

Middle Relief Free Agent Market

Get Ready. Today, I will try to takle the middle relief free agent market. There are a lot of players, and a lot of teams interested. Here it goes.

 

Free Agents

  • Chad Durbin
  • Damaso Marte (6 million club option with a 0.25 million buyout)
  • Russ Springer
  • Will Ohman
  • Darren Oliver
  • Eddie Guardado
  • David Weathers
  • Dennys Reyes
  • Jaun Cruz
  • Arthur Rhodes
  • Kyle Farnsworth
  • Jon Lieber
  • Jeremy Affeldt
  • Keith Foulke
  • Doug Brocail (club option)
  • Matt Herges
  • Al Reyes
  • Tom Gordon (4.5 million club option with a 1 million buyout)
  • Trever Miller (2 million club option with a 0.4 million buyout)
  • Scott Eyre
  • Alan Embree (3 million club option)
  • Guillermo Mota
  • Bob Howry
  • LaTroy Hawkins
  • Mike Timlin
  • Jaun Rincon
  • Matt Wise
  • Kip Wells
  • Shawn Chacon
  • Steve Kline

Teams in Need

  • Mets
  • Phillies
  • Marlins
  • Nationals
  • Braves
  • Cubs
  • Brewers (get 2)
  • Reds
  • Astros (get 2)
  • Pirates
  • Cardinals
  • D’Backs
  • Padres
  • Rockies
  • Giants
  • Rangers
  • Angels
  • Mariners
  • Indians (get 2)
  • Twins
  • Tigers (get 2)
  • Yankees
  • Red Sox
  • Indians
  • Orioles