Baseball America posted an article yesterday looking at the amount of money spent during the 2013 year. This shouldn’t be confused with the 2013 signing period, which begins in July, as these periods are capped based on how your team finished the year before. This list covers two different signing periods and to be perfectly fair, some teams were at a disadvantage compared to others. The Reds were not one of those teams though, being quite limited by their big league success and yet they still wound up finishing in the top 10 of all of baseball in spending on the international scene.They reportedly spent $3.47M in 2013, which ranked 2nd in the division behind the Cubs ($8.22M – they had a much larger cap than the Reds did – $4.6M to the Reds $1.82M during the 2013 period). The Pirates were a distant third in the division, ranking 20th but spending just $2.58M.

As noted in the article, the amount spent is an estimate as not all bonuses are reported with exact figures but the numbers should be fairly close to accurate. The big signings for the Reds in 2013 would include let handed pitcher Jacob Constante ($730,000) and outfielder Reydel Medina ($400,000), . Baseball America also reported back in June that the Reds had agreed to a deal with left hander Luis Tejada for $600,000, but last I had checked, that deal was never made official (he had a contract voided with the Braves and was suspended for a year for lying about his age – those signings tend to take a while). I do not know if that signing is accounted for here or not, though I imagine it has to be given how much they spent and the lack of any other large signings.

6 Responses

  1. Tim

    Doug, what do you think of Jason Heyward?? Everyone is saying that since Braves gave Freeman the big contract that they might be looking to trade or let Heyward walk after 2015. Would you start the trade talks with the Braves centered around Homer Bailey??

    • Doug Gray

      I wouldn’t think about trading Bailey for Heyward. Not that Heyward is bad, he is actually quite good. But I am not trading pitching for offense at this point.

  2. MK

    Tim, I wondered if they signed Heyward first and if so will he have problems with the Freeman deal similar to Phillips felt after the Votto deal.

    • Tim

      An outfield of Heyward, Hamilton, and Bruce would be very good defensively. And maybe its early enough in Heywards career where we could sign him to a deal similiar to Bruce’s. If Heyward stays healthy he has that All-Star potential with the high OBP.

  3. DaveCT

    While the Freeman contract is large, the Braves look like they are going to trial in the Kimbrel case. So I wonder if they are just actually trying to manage their money. Apparently, Heyward’s camp didn’t like what was offered after the two years, and the team has concern with his health.

  4. DaveCT

    The Reds have had an interesting approach to international development, to say the least. Eclectic is the word that comes to mind. Chapman, ten zillion, Cueto, what, 25,000? YRod and Duran, then low cost guys like Didi and Corcino. Middle range talent, we hope, in Constante and Medina. With the team’s market, no real complaints at all