The Reds finally worked it out with Rich Aurilia to the tune of $1.3 million for one year, with a mutual option for $2 million for 2007.
This begs a few questions. First, why in the world is Tony Womack on the roster, now that we have Freel and Aurilia? And how long will it take for manager Jerry Narron to bench Edwin Encarnacion in favor of Aurilia if Encarnacion stumbles early?
Finally, how long will it take for Aurilia to start whining because he isn’t playing every day?
Okay, I really don’t have much problem with this signing, in the abstract. In the second half, Aurilia played fairly well, and he’s not a bad option as a backup at every infield position. It’s pretty clear, however, that not a single other team had one iota of interest in signing Aurilia. He wouldn’t be here otherwise.
Enough about that. I’m going to try to be optimistic about the upcoming season.