Just in case Pedro's agent Scott Boras didn't notice, Joey Votto signed a three-year, $38M contract with the Reds that carries him through his arbitration years, but doesn't cost any free agency seasons.
And Prince Fielder just inked a $15.5M deal to settle his third arb year before he hits the market. We know Pedro's agent is aware of that contract, since Boras negotiated it.
We think Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek's reps may have heard that Matt Capps just put his X on a $7.15M deal to buy out his final arbitration year.
Neil Huntington, Frank Coonelly and Bob Nutting are cognizant of the cost of business nowadays. We're waiting to see what happens when some of their current kids are due their payday, like the above and McCutch, who has Jay Bruce's 6-year, $51M contract as a template.
In the Central Division, the Cubs and Cards have always had $90M+ payrolls; now the Brewers and Reds are starting to pony up, too. The time is fast approaching where Pittsburgh is gonna have to up their ante; sooner or later, ya gotta pay to play.