(Red money, you get it?)by: Parker Perry @ParkerPerry_
The Cincinnati Reds are reported to be in discussions with Mike Gonzalez.
Which is fine. If the Reds feel that they have a void that can not be filled in house they should go out and fill it. In a year that Cincinnati is clearly going all out in search for a championship, it is essential that they leave no stone un-turned. It would be awful to have to trade a prospect to get a lefty specialist when they could have picked one up cheap in free agency.
But how cheap will Gonzalez come? Everyone knows that his agent, Scott Boras, is not going to mess around. He will demand the big bucks, especially if there are two teams phoning in.
At the end of the day, I would not be against this signing. However we have to remember that we are Cincinnati. Going out on a spending spree is fun--isn't it!?! But at some point the Reds are going to have to pay the piper. And I don't want to see this franchise collapse because they spent too much money on role players.
That is NOT to say that signing Gonzalez will bankrupt anyone. But no one can argue that the way the Reds have spent money in the past two years has been very uncharacteristic for this small market franchise. I have to imagine that there is a reason for this.
Everyone is pointing to future TV money. A source of income that to my knowledge is unknown right now, but expected to be BIG. And that is great, and it is fantastic that the Reds are playing smart and getting ahead of the curve.
However, in the back of my mind I worry that the curve is not as 'wide' as the front office is participating. What if it is not as large, and the Reds do not have the funds to continue grabbing free agents or making high risk/high reward trades.
The Reds later will go out and look to extend both Mat Latos and Homer Bailey. Their thinking is that the price of pitching will go up, and therefore if they are able to lock up their talent now they will reap the benefits later. But that also means more guaranteed money to players who could easily become busts if something goes wrong. (NOT saying that they will be or even that it is a bad idea to lock them up).
The only thing that I am worried about is contracts that are back loaded. The Reds are living the high life right now, and I continue to have an itch that this may come to a bad end.