$300 million man? Clayton Kershaw is about to become officially one wealthy guy. 10 years, $30 million/year, possibly.
In (believe me) wholly unrelated news, the Reds signed starting pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor league contract.
In not-completely-unrelated news, six Reds players, as expected, filed for arbitration. Here’s an estimate of how much each will earn in 2014, absent a longer-term deal (cough, cough, Homer Bailey). Service years in parentheses.
- Homer Bailey – $9.3 million (5.0)
- Mike Leake – $5.9 million (4.0)
- Aroldis Chapman – $4.6 million (3.0)
- Chris Heisey – $1.7 million (3.2)
- Alfredo Simon – $1.6 million (4.1)
- Sam LeCure – $1 million (3.1)
Most of you have probably seen this already, but for those who haven’t, Ken Rosenthal of FOX recently reported Homer Bailey saying that it was untrue that he wanted to leave Cincinnati. Here’s Homer’s quote, plus a string of athlete clichés (bonus points for “plays the game the right way”):
“To say that I ‘want out of Cincinnati’ is not true,” said Bailey, who is from La Grange, Texas. “I have nothing but good things to say about ownership and management, and I hold a great relationship with the coaching staff. If I am in the organization’s future, my priorities are that things make sense for me on the business end, that we are a team that continues to be a highly competitive team in the league and a team that plays the game the right way.”
The Reds’ Caravan takes place next weekend. We’re looking for volunteers from the Nation to report on these events. If you’re interested, email me at email@example.com.
Matt Snyder from CBS is putting together the All-time Single-season Team for each of the 30 major league teams. He just published one for the Reds. Here’s his projected lineup, with the 2010 vintage of Joseph Daniel Votto batting third:
1. 1976 Joe Morgan, 2B (.444 OBP!)
2. 1987 Eric Davis, CF
3. 2010 Joey Votto, 1B
4. 1977 George Foster, LF
5. 1962 Frank Robinson, RF
6. 1970 Tony Perez, 3B
7. 1972 Johnny Bench, C
8. 1996 Barry Larkin, SS
9. 1969 Pete Rose, DH
Now, back to the Cold Stove and our Off-seasonal Affective Disorder.