2010 Options: Cincinnati Reds

Let's take a look at the 2010 options facing the Reds.

  • Ramon Hernandez – $8.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout.  The 33 year-old backstop is off to a .286/.351/.361 start, and he's been better in May.  Still, it probably makes sense to turn to Ryan Hanigan full-time next year rather than exercise Hernandez's option.
  • Alex Gonzalez – $6MM mutual option with a $500K buyout.  Gonzalez wasn't signed for his bat, which is good since he's been awful offensively this year.  The 32 year-old missed all of 2008 with a knee compression fracture.  It's a small sample but he's been below-average defensively this year according to metrics like plus/minus and UZR.  This option will likely be declined, though prospect Chris Valaika hasn't shown anything in Triple A yet.
  • David Weathers – $3.7MM club option with a $400K buyout.  Weathers, 39, wisely accepted the Reds' offer of arbitration back in December.  In January, the team hammered out his one-year deal with an option.  Weathers' control has been poor this year and if it continues I expect the Reds to decline.


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