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Dave Dombrowski Adamant Tigers Not Headed For Fire Sale
Published November 18, 2009
|Jackson Rumored To Be One
Of Tigers On Trading Block
DECISION TIME: In Cincinnati, John Fay wrote the Reds are "counting pennies in a business in which it takes millions of dollars to win." Reds GM Walt Jocketty last week said he is "not yet" planning to cut payroll to balance the budget, and Fay wrote it "probably depends on how season-ticket renewals go." Early ticket renewals have been described as "promising," but if that trend "doesn't continue, and the Reds have to slash payroll to make budget, it means they may have to trade" 2B Brandon Phillips or P Bronson Arroyo. The Reds’ payroll in ’09 was $73.5M, and they already have $59.25M committed to six players next season. Fay: “Even if all 18 of the other players on the roster make the $400,000 minimum, they'll account for $7.2[M]. That adds up to $66.45[M]." However, if the Reds trade Phillips and Arroyo, they would "further risk alienating the fans." Fay wrote, "My advice in both cases is don't do it" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/14).