Originally Posted by Kc61
I disagree that the Reds have a winning core of players signed long term. If Votto and/or Phillips leave, and with the ultimate departures of Rolen and Arroyo, they will have some money freed up for new talent. But the future, as with virtually any small market team, is unsettled and unclear. There are a few good long-term contracts in place, but few.
When was the last time the Reds had a sustained period of excellence? The 1970s.
They did win in 1990 because they caught fire in a particular year. That is the much more likely scenario to repeat. A single, great year or maybe two.
People looking to build long-term competitive teams in a small market are looking for a needle in a haystack. For a team like the Re-ds, they have to seize on the windows of opportunity. Go for it when it's possible.
With the departure of Pujols and Fielder from the division, with Votto and Phillips still around, the year 2012 would seem like a good time.
I'm glad the Reds are looking at Gonzalez and trying to bolster the pitching for 2012. I would keep Chapman on the staff for 2012. I'm happy about the off-season moves.
I hope Bailey is back to missing bats in his next outing. I'm focused on 2012. With the Madson injury, the Reds need some pitching help to win in 2012.
The Reds had finished second with good young talent in 1986-1988, with 1989 being the lost year due to the Pete Rose drama. After a down year in 1991, the Reds were a playoff team in 1994-1995. That's a pretty strong, sustained level of contention.
As for your "small market" woes, that is so late 90s, early 00s thinking. Any well managed organization can succeed on this playing field. While it is certainly a bigger hill to climb for the lower revenue teams, good management trumps dollars any day. Cubs? Mets? Lots of money floating around. The Red Sox are in disarray despite their blank check. The Yankees are getting old. The Rangers, long a mismanaged franchise, are now a model franchise, from the brink of bankruptcy.
Its all about management, not revenue. Revenue just means you look really stupid (and lose your job) when you don't win with all the money that is spent trying to do so.