After reading this thread, I got to thinking that maybe the reason why the Reds are cutting the payroll 10-12 million next season is because they are directing that money to the scouting and player development departments. The Reds added the likes of Terry Reynolds, Bill Wood, Ron Oester, Dean Taylor and seven new scouts. Other than Al Goldis, did anyone else leave the Reds organization since Bowden was fired? If not, you have to pay the salaries and benefits for these individuals, and one way could be is cutting the major league payroll and directing it to the farm system.
If you think small, you'll go nowhere in life.