Great post, but
Originally Posted by mbgrayson
The way to play the game is to find or develop a younger player
That's the rub, isn't it?
Under DanO and Wayne, the Reds have shown little ability to "find or develop" a young reliever. So they are filling the need a different way.
I'm not a big fan of overpaying closers - hate it, really, as I think that the Billy Taylors are out there - but in this case it shows a thoughtful and self-aware approach by the team. The team probably shouldn't be buying hitting, there is no starting pitching to buy, and Krivsky has shown little ability to project which $3-5 million middle relievers are on the way up instead of down.
The only other place that I could see spending that coin would have been on early extensions for EdE and Phillips (late 1990s Indian-style).