Originally Posted by Jr's Boy
There are plenty of fans who’d rather pay to watch Bray, Salmon, McBeth, or Kepplinger make a mistake they might learn from leading to future contributions than watch Stanton or Castro fail with no offsetting future as compensation.
Sorry friend but I don't spend my hard earned money going to a big league game to watch player development.
True but would you rather have your team be more like the reds or the marlins. I think the edict the Castillini has reigned down has somewhat hurt the reds. They went out this offseason and spent to a point where they though they would be competitive. If they would have shelled out a little more money (10-20mil) they probably would have been more competitive. A move to sign Gagne instead of Stanton would have done wonders for this team. But I digress.
I think the reds have to realize what they have right now. I would almost like for them to get an outside scout/consultant to give them a unbiased opinion of the state of the reds. Each year it seems as the reds bring in stop gaps instead of looking to their minors to produce. The reds currently have Stanton under a 2 year contract while a guy like Countlangus is outpitching him and is both younger and cheaper. Santos (who I was in favor of) is basically a retread who is having a good year when a guy like Salmon who could produce quite a bit in the future is sent down to AAA.
Drafting and player development have to be key. They also cant hesitate to pull the triger on a move that will make the team better but will make the fans unhappy. The reds not only have to realize what a player's value to the team is but also the player's value to other franchises. When another team's value for a certain player is higher than the reds its time to move a player. They also have to avoid bad contracts. These have plagued the reds for years. Names like Casey, Graves, and LaRue were once fan favorites but were given contracts that seriously hindered the reds chances.
They need to lock up their starts early. I was impressed when both Harang and Arroyo were signed to early extentions to lock them up for the foreseeable future. They need to shy away from signing players to big contracts in their early to mid 30's. The players just lose quite a bit of skill later in their career.