Originally Posted by GAC
Now Bob C said the payroll will raise to somewhere in the range of 80M+.
They say they are still looking for the RH's power hitting LFer.
There just ain't much wiggle room there folks.
Spending money just because you want to increase payroll is a bad way to go about it. Eric Milton is the result of that philosophy.
I have no doubt that Cast wants to win and is committed to do so. He also seems to have more knowledge on how to do so than owners in the past. He has pored money into Latin America and the Draft. I think the "Win Now" is more window dressing than reality. What are you going to tell a fan base that has seen a decade plus of losing? How much patience are those fans going to have? He still needs to sell seats, boxes, TV, Radio, and Advertisement in order to generate income.
None of us really know what the trade market holds right now. No one knows what each team and each player demands. I would be fine for a Homer Dye trade but only if the Sox throw in some money. But what if the trade is held up because the Sox don't want to throw in any money and Dye wants his option picked up? I don't think that would be a very good trade for the Reds.
It seems to me that most trades tend to come out of left field. Nothing is really known until the terms are pretty much agreed upon. But as for Mr "Win Now" he has done nothing to interrupt our young core of players. He has kept that intact resisting to trade Cueto for Blanton or include Votto and Cueto for Berdard. He has continued to develop the minors and hasn't Schotted the system. In reality he has done everything I would have hoped for when he bought the club. Over his off season and next off season I expect to see a big splash.