July 24, 2021

The Reds overpaid for Mike Moustakas, but maybe that’s okay (Red Reporter)

The Reds got themselves a second baseman and a middle-of-the-order galoot, which is the headline news here. Those are two things they absolutely needed and it’s important to keep that in perspective. The nits I am about to pick here are pretty small, all things considered.

The word on the street is that Moose will earn $64 million over the next four years. The Reds have that and plenty more to spare, and from everything I’ve read it seems like Moose is the kind of fella who deserves all the good things to come his way. It is the largest single investment the Reds have ever made in a free agent, a bright-flashing loud-honking signal that they are going for the damn thing in 2020. And they’ve made clear this is the beginning of their offseason, not the end. These are all unqualified good things.

It seems the Reds sat down after the season and made their wish list with Moustakas near the top. They told him what they were willing to spend and he, beginning his third arduous trip through the free agency process in as many years, thought that sounded just fine. Sometimes it is just that simple and context is merely a tertiary concern.

But it’s hard to ignore some of the…

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