November 11, 2009
The Reds shelled out $71 million for its players this past season and the rumor is that the team needs to bring that down to around $65 million. Reds GM Walt Jocketty isn't hiding this fact, either: "We're going to probably have less to spend this year than we have in the past," he said. "It just depends on how [ticket] sales go this off-season."
Attendance at the Great American Ballpark dropped by more than 15 percent from 2008 to 2009. The candidates to get chucked over the side in Cincinnati appear to be second baseman Brandon Phillips(notes), who will make a little less than $7 million next year; pitcher Aaron Harang(notes), who makes $12.5 million next year; and pitcher Bronson Arroyo(notes), who will make $12.25 million next season.