Originally Posted by hebroncougar
And all the stats guys keep forgetting the Reds are absolutely maxed out on their payroll. They're rolling with what they've got.
Isn't that just speculation? People have been saying that over and over for 25 years but the payroll has been climbing rapidly since the day Carl Lindner sold the team. Lack of money is not really a valid excuse anymore. Quite a few of the players who changed teams this summer have been very inexpensive. I think the Reds just got beaten to the punch on some of these guys.
Other teams found a way to upgrade their holes, the Reds failed. It is not too hard to find upgrades for the likes of Ondrusek, Hannahan and Izturis. Too many weak excuses being made to cover up an obvious failure to upgrade the team by even a tiny little bit.