Tuesday, January 24, 2012

News and Notes from Tuesday

Fielder appears to be taking his talents
to The Motor City
-The biggest news around Reds country - and Major League Baseball for that matter - was the Detroit Tigers move to sign free agent first baseman Prince Fielder on Tuesday. The agreement is reportedly worth $214MM over nine seasons, which equates to an average of $23.78MM per year -- the fourth-richest contract in baseball history.

Fielder's departure from the NL Central clears yet another obstacle standing in the Reds' path to claim the division crown. If they weren't already considered the favorites to "take the cake" in the Central, this will surely sway the naysayers. And although the Redlegs benefit short-term from this situation, you have to believe front office personnel are biting their nails over the long-term repercussions of today's transaction. Why? Because the prospects of keeping Joey Votto beyond 2013 (when he enters free agency) is looking more and more unaffordable, and let's face it...grim.

-Former Red Francisco Cordero inked a one-year, $4.5MM deal with the Toronto Blue Jays late Tuesday afternoon. That salary is a far cry from the one-year, $12MM option the Reds declined to tender him back in October. Besides the benefit of signing a younger closer at a lower price (Ryan Madson) than Cordero's hefty team option, Cincinnati also gained a supplementary first round pick out of the deal. All in all, GM Walt Jocketty and the club seems to have came out well in the dealings, but only time will tell with that.

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