Friday, April 28, 2006

D-train for Homer and Ed-E?

At 24, Dontrelle Willis has a few years to reach his prime. At already $7 million a year, he's destined to land one day in a big market. Would it be worth giving up Homer Bailey and Edwin Encarnacion for Willis for a couple of years? The question has come up.

On the one hand, I would hate to give up Ed-E. We finally have an anchor at the corner and an RBI man at the plate. But, it's Dontrelle...

Although I am excited about Bailey, we don't know how he's going to pitch in the Majors. We know Willis. We know he will pitch well. And to get good pitching, we're going to have to sacrifice.

Milton is making $8.5 million in 2006 and $9 million in 2007, so the salaries are comparable. We can let him go to free agency after 2007. Dontrelle's contract runs through 2008 (when he makes $10 million), so in a sense, we would be replacing Milton with Willis in 2008. If only we could get rid of him sooner...

Who knows? Come June if the Reds are still in it, we may have to revisit the question. What do you think?

2 comments:

The Couch Potato said...

If the Reds pull the trigger on this deal, they still be in the hunt for the division title by the All-Star break, especially if the offense holds up and Arroyo can maintain.

Brian B. said...

Or if they don't, they will be in the hunt for the division by, uh, the end of April . . .