Not disagreeing with your point. But I don't really see this as evidence that the Reds would be heads and shoulders in a better position to compete with other clubs offering prospects. Per that article:
"The accompaning article notes that the Reds are a little thinner as far overall minor league talent. Because of trades and promotions, 12 of the players on last year’s top 30 list don’t qualify for this year’s list."
Great things to be said about all of those guys in our Top 10. But most Top 10 prospect lists from any club are going to be pretty darn good and I would contend that our current farm depth is about middle of the pack in that conversation.
It's not that the Reds couldn't offer up something reasonable. It's that Texas, for instance, is better positioned to overpay with something more un
reasonable than the Reds could probably pony up right now.