The idea of paying some $10 million for a 5th starter type isn’t wholly outlandish. Heck, you only have to go back to last year to see the Cincinnati Reds paid Alex Wood nearly that much to throw just over 35 IP, and even if he’d been healthy he’d have slotted somewhere towards the back-end of their stellar rotation.
Still, it’s yet to be determined whether Kevin Gausman has a future as a starter in the big leagues at all, much less in a crowded Reds rotation heading into 2020. And if he’s slated to be a reliever – and not even the team’s most high-leverage reliever – paying that much seems a bit more than the market rate. With the MLB deadline to tender contracts to team-controlled players this Monday, December 2nd, that has Gausman firmly on the potential non-tender list, one that MLB Trade Rumors broke down in further detail earlier this weekend.
Their own model has estimated Gausman will deserve a $10.6 million salary for 2020, and while Gausman looked electric at times while working mostly out of the Reds bullpen after being plucked off waivers from the Atlanta Braves, it’s hard to ignore just how rough his stats with Atlanta were in a much larger sample….