Transaction Analysis

Reds sign Mark Wohlers for 1 year, $1.5 million

I don't know if you really can analyze this transaction, because Wohlers is a bit of a wild card with the problems that he's had over the past three seasons.  The Reds were able to get Wohlers for about a million bucks less than he was being offered elsewhere on the market, so you have to consider this signing positive in that light, especially for the Reds.  Wohlers apparently had nine suitors, which suggests that he might be more ready than we know, and would explain why his price was driven so high.  If this works out for the Reds, which Jim Bowden signings usually do, it will be a great move, because it gives Cincinnati a little flexibility in the bullpen and may allow them to trade Danny Graves if they end up paying him too much in arbitration.  This one could go either way.

Triple Steal rating: Double

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Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
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