Which makes this signing all the more encouraging. The Reds made the big bid… not the Red Sox or Yankees.
Sure other members of the “Less than Magnificent Seven” have been signing players too. But mainly they have been stock piling live bodies.
Does anyone think the Royals are significantly improved by bringing in the Scott Podsedniks and Jason Kendalls of the world?
It’s nice to see the likes of Pudge Rodriguez, Matt Capps and Jason Marquis in Washington uniforms… but by the time the Nats are even mediocre, they’ll all be long gone.
But the Reds are taking a shot at a potential young ace in a division without a true powerhouse.
They are trying to kick start their playoff hopes on Chapman joining Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey this year and Edinson Volquez in 2011 to possibly create a terrific rotation. And maybe by then Jay Bruce and Joey Votto will have blossomed into stars.
It may not work but it makes a hell of a lot more sense than just signing players for the sake of signing them!
They spent $30 million hoping to put a winner on the field in the long run.
They could have spent $33.5 million on Brad Penny ($7.5 million one year), Fernando Rodney ($11 million two years) and Brandon Lyon ($15 million three years) and say “Hey! We’re spending!”
Instead they seem to have a plan…
And I am sure Reds fans will love Chapman if he does what his fellow countrymen Livan Hernandez, El Duque Hernandez and Jose Contreras all did:
Come up big in the playoffs and help deliver a World Series title.
Then the sleeping giant known as Reds mania would be awakened.