Free agents, 13 of them
Much has been made about the fact that Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn are free agents after the season. In Griffey's case, the Reds hold an option. But they can let him go with a $4 million parting gift.
But 11 other players on the current 25-man roster are free agents as well. That's the most in baseball. Here's the list:
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Ross also has an option -- for $3.5 million.
Walt Jocketty is going to have a chance to makeover the roster. Those 13 players accounted for $43 million of the $74.1 million payroll.
But the veterans under contract for next year all get good raises, so the Reds are on the hook for $46.5 million for six players:
Bronson Arroyo $9.5 million
Francisco Cordero $12 million
Aaron Harang $11 million
Brandon Phillips $4.75 million
Ryan Freel $4 million
Alex Gonzalez $5.375 million
I hate to write about money and contracts, but this all affects what the Reds can and cannot do.
Hopefully, this post will change the current debate, which I'm not entirely sure is about.