Originally Posted by jojo
If the Reds are in the predicament that they are in because of payroll disparities, how can the fact that the Diamondbacks, As, Marlins, Rays, and Twins are playoff contenders be explained? All have payrolls that are smaller than the Reds (in some cases staggeringly so) while having teams within their divisions that have a payroll of at least $118M.
There are exceptions to most any rule......one plan has always been to wait to be one of the few exceptions. Takes the patience of a rock in the garden and the wisdom of Solomon to not go crazy.
Another good plan is to follow the Braves/Rays plan. Be the laughing stock of baseball for 10-15 years, build a farm system full of top draft choices and hope you don't stay the laughing stock of baseball (ala the Pirates and Brewers (bucket heads?)).
Then there is the Twins, A's, Marlins and D'Backs plan which is something of a mix of other plans with some FO savvy thrown in.
Oh, for the D'Backs, A's and Twins, you must also choose to be in a division with some other BIG market teams with really rotten owners/leadership.
So, Reds fans, which should/have the Reds choose? Seems to me that they have clearly chosen the Pirates model......but maybe that is just me being pessimistic.