Originally Posted by Austin Kearns
Any prospect could just be hype, but Wieters is a far better prospect than whatever falls to us. And it's not close. I'm not saying the Reds need to generally have a higher budget, but they should be willing to pay a little extra to get a massively better prospect if it means trimming some extra money off the next year's payroll.
If the Reds aren't willing to spend the budget on a talent upgrade, then there is a major problem. Krivsky has said he wants to focus on building a good farm system, so here's a chance. If he wants to build the farm system, then he needs to be willing to spend the money neccessary in the draft. If they aren't willing to go after a guy like Wieters, then they are already 2 steps backwards in the developmental system. Again, if Krivsky can't see that a major prospect upgrade is worth more than some bullpen stiffs, then the Reds are basically hopeless.
Krivsky doesn't set the budget all by himself, especially if the owner(Cast) wants to win now. Krivsky may feel spreading that money around on players he can get rid of easier than signing a player to a 9 mill deal for 3 years to deal with overtime since the owner wanted it spent on payroll(for example). We don't know how this money came into being spent and how it was planned, no one man is to blame, but a organizational wide failing.
I have been complaining for years the Reds should flush millions into draft budgets over payroll concerns, even if it means losing some player from the MLB roster intially. I complained after the whole "Griffey surges revenue" idea bombed in 2001 that they needed cut back payroll from the 2000 high and put that money into draft budgets playing for some more expensive talent, but they refused(as an organization) and kept on hoping 1999 would strike again. The Cast era Reds have continued this tradition. Literally..........so far.
The fact is, nobody that runs to the Reds seems to understand how to build up a good product, which in the long run, sags revenue even more. A nasty repeating cycle.