Daily Archives: November 20, 2006

November 20, 2006


The official press releases on three player moves are now posted to the Reds' official website:

Alex Gonzalez, SS, and Mike Stanton, P, are signed to free agent contracts. The official press releases state “terms of the deal were not disclosed”.

However, the deal for Gonzalez is being reported as threee years, $14 million with a $6 million mutual option for a fourth year (and a $500,000 buyout). The deal for Stanton is being reported as two years, $5.5 million, with a vesting option for 2009.

The third deal is Jason LaRue to Kansas City for two minor league mascots and an autographed picture of Jim Sundberg.

Just kidding. It's LaRue to the Royals for a player to be named later. Some reports say no cash was involved, others say the Reds included an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal. If I had to guess, the deal LaRue signed under previous GM O'Brien was a two-year, $9.1 million contract. Since he was traded after Oct. 15, his 2007 salary would jump from $5.2 million to $5.45 million. My best guess would be that the Reds might have made up the difference. And, presumably this cements Javy Valentin's position as the backup to David Ross, which ought to brighten RHM's day.

Anyway, it's official - in with Gonzo and Stanton and out with LaRue. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to sit back and wait for RHM to post something on these moves before I comment further. After all, it's her blog. :-)


November 20, 2006

LaRue To Be the Biggest Star In Kansas City

Marc says (and a Royals press release confirms) that the Reds have traded Jason LaRue to Kansas City for a player to be named later:

According to a baseball source, the Reds are on the verge of trading catcher Jason LaRue to the Kansas City Royals. The Reds will receive a player to be named later. No cash involved in the deal.

Of course you know I favored the idea of trading David Ross for something over trading LaRue for nothing, but without knowing what the demand was for Ross, it's hard to complain. Anyway, I supposed that could still happen. Probably not, though, because Krivsky has already demonstrated an obvious distaste for anyone he didn't personally bring into the organization.

The good news: LaRue gets to hang with Luke Hudson again. We at RHM wish LaRue the best of luck.