Originally Posted by pedro
I suspect the Reds have more payroll room than most might suspect. I'd rather give that money to a dominant reliever than a mediocre starter.
I'm certain the Reds have more payroll room than most suspect. It's whether they want to spend it or not. My educated guess says the Reds have made money hand over fist this decade.
Incidentally, there's nothing that says that contract couldn't lock up a great starter (cf. Harang).