From this AM’s Cincinnati Enquirer:
Boras reportedly is seeking a five-year, $60 million contract for Millwood, who was 9-11 last season for Cleveland and was pitching on a one-year contract because of health concerns.
Washburn and Weaver won’t be as expensive.
But you can make a strong argument that neither is worth the three-year, $25 million deal the Reds offered Matt Morris.
I don’t understand why Washburn isn’t worth Morris money?
He threw 200+ innings in ’02 & ’03 and 177 in ’05. His WHIP is good. He’s a definite upgrade over anyone he’d replace in the Reds rotation and probably better than anyone we have. (Though you could argue that you would hope that Harang and Claussen will improve to Washburn-like numbers.)
IMO, he’s a better risk than Milton was, but the longer OB waits, the higher the price will be for less talented pitchers.
Another name that Fay throws into the mix is Shawn Estes, who was 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA with Arizona. Ugh…
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.