March 28, 2008

Reds To Cut Stanton

Reds LHP Mike Stanton has been told by the club that they plan to let him go, according to an article by John Erardi on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s web site.

The move will cost the Reds $3.5 million (Stanton’s salary this year plus an option for next year).

If you ask me, I think this indicates two things.

One, the Reds have again shown that they’re not afraid to eat some salary. They could have kept Stanton on in light of the $3,500,000 it’s going to cost them to cut him – and presumably been forced to cut or option a better player in order to keep Stanton. This shows that improving the team is the primary concern, rather than the bottom line.

Two, it would appear that one of the non-roster invitee lefty relievers has made the team. For what it’s worth, my money’s on Kent Mercker.

3 comments to “Reds To Cut Stanton”

  1. anonymous says:

    Wow, you really went out on a limb there! Let’s see, Mercker or Sauerbeck? Yeah I choose Mercker too.

    How about 14 hitters and Hairston gets the last spot.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    Kriv-dawg gets no credit for eating a salary he shouldn’t have handed out in the first place.

    Maybe if he had to literally eat the money, Kriv-dawg wouldn’t hand out 2-year contracts to aging relievers like they were complimentary breath mints.

    It’s an idea.

  3. Zeldink says:

    I wonder how many more of these stupid contracts Castellini has to eat before he realizes that Krivsky might not be the GM he thinks he is.