Originally Posted by traderumor
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.
Where did I say a large market wins every year? I didn't and they don't. And management of any franchise is key.
But a small market team has a particular problem: it can't possibly buy a championship roster every year. Even with top management. It has to build primarily with young, inexpensive players.
And when that young group emerges there is generally a short window to win championships.
I see such a window for the Reds in the next year or two. At least to become a solid playoff team. With free agency and budgetary limitations, I don't see that window necessarily lasting that long.
So I say focus in 2012 and 2013 on the major league ballclub. Fill the holes. Keep your great left arm, Chapman, with the ballclub. Fill the Madson hole if possible with a Gonzalez or whomever.
Or else, it's again, we'll be pretty good, but we're really focused on next year, and next year, and next year . . . .