All is quiet with Tejada and Cabera.
Okay here's a scenerio I want to throw out there. The Reds trade Harang and pay 5 million of his salary for some spare high risk prospects, freeing up 6 million in salary. I am going to also assume they have about 2-3 million left before they reach their payroll limit. Moving Arroyo or Harang just got a lot easier with all the pitchers that have been moving since Monday.
This move allows Walt to sign either Tejada or Cabera to a one year deal in the 6 - 9 million range. There are not very many starting SS gigs out there right now so the price on these guys will come down. (Oakland, Astros, and us are the only ones I can think of but please correct me if there are more.)
Walt is doing a great job by letting the market develop. This allows the possible return for Harang to possibly go up and allow the price for a SS to come down. Non-tendering Gomes was definitely the right move at the 2.2 mil Fay quoted. http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2009/12/16/s-r/ .......especially when I think Wlad is going to have a comparable net value.
If I were Walt I would do everything in my power to do two things.
1. Trade one of Harang/Arroyo/Cordero to free up the money to sign Cabera or Tejeda to a one year deal.
2. Trade absolutely any group of prospects in our system to acquire Nelson Cruz. This includes anyone not named Cueto, Bailey, Bruce, Votto, Stubbs, and preferably not Maloney or Wood. I would try to package a group of promising hitters for him. (Alonso,Frazier, or Francisco would be the centerpiece)
If plan 1 falls through I go to 1A which is trade for Maicer Izturis and 1B is play Janish.
What do you think? Who should we target, and more importantly what do you think Walt will do?