I thought this was interesting. Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports' version of Peter Gammons, believes the Reds' relatively unremarkable free agent pitching signings were tremendous bargains:
Notebook: Reds fill rotation with cheap laborTAMPA, Fla. - At the start of the season, few would have imagined that a team could sign two free-agent pitchers from the NL-champion Rockies for a combined $4 million.
Well, the Reds pulled it off.
General manager Wayne Krivsky, mining the bottom of the free-agent market, secured left-hander Jeremy Affeldt with a one-year, $3 million contract and right-hander Josh Fogg with a one-year, $1 million deal.
"There was no real strategy. It's just the way things played out," Krivsky says. "We're looking for quality guys to bring in at any point during the off-season. Whether it's December, late February or March, it doesn't really matter."
Affeldt, 28, and Fogg, 31, aren't Koufax and Drysdale, but they're major-league pitchers. In fact, both could end up in the Reds rotation, which features only two proven starters, Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo.
Yet, Affeldt and Fogg are guaranteed only 1/12th of what the Mariners will pay right-hander Carlos Silva over the next four years.
Affeldt, coming off a breakthrough season as a reliever, began the off-season looking for a four-year, $16 million contract, according to sources. Fogg, a winner of 10 or more games in five of the past six seasons, was believed to be seeking a three-year, $21 million deal.
The Reds landed a pair of bargains. Affeldt and Fogg got nowhere near $37 million combined.