Originally Posted by MikeS21
I'm not so sure the payroll thing is all that much to be positive about.
It's wonderful to point at a new huge media deal for the Cincinnati market, but even as the Reds cash in, so does virtually every other franchise. The only result is that contracts are becoming more expensive. Despite the spending by this ownership, there comes a point of saturation where the Reds cannot keep up with the big boys in spending. There is no way the Reds can compete with the larger markets long term.
Another very real possibility to consider is that the Reds are spending money from a house of cards industry (cable TV) that next generation technology and innovation could render obsolete almost overnight. Obviously, new technology will lead to new sources of income, but sometimes the transition from old to new isn't as smooth as desired.
Having said that, I am pleased that the major spending has gone mostly toward the home grown talent. To me, the key for the Reds' success will ALWAYS be the scouting and development and keeping the farm system as a continual pipeline for major league talent.
I'm just not that enthralled with outside talent brought in. Always wonder why if they were such a talent, why their old team chose to replace them.
In a vacuum having a high payroll isn't going to be a positive or a negative, as we've seen with Miami or the Dodgers, or the Yankees. But we're talking about the Reds. The Reds have a high payroll in 2013. It's a good thing because we still have all our homegrown players. It's all good together. The Reds will continue to find young talent as well. There really is no negative to this year's payroll, or to a high payroll later on since we don't know any of the future details.