Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
Come on. Neither of those signings--while bad--has done anything to cripple this organization long-term.
They keep better players off the roster. Taveras isn't one of the team's 13 best position players IMO. The Reds had 5 better options for CF on the roster and left other major problems unaddressed. In Lincoln's case, the Reds ignored the greatest area of cheap depth in the system and committed to a 2 year deal.
These deals may not hamstring the franchise long term, but they are certainly a case of "fiddling while Rome is burning."