Originally Posted by M2
I suspect you're 100% wrong about that. We'll see. Jocketty doesn't spend money just because he's got it, but the Reds didn't lose that competitive balance draft pick for nothing. 4th highest all-time attendance, new MLB TV contract revenues kicking in for 2014, sponsorship and other league revenues also likely on the rise.
I've got a feeling the Reds might surprise us with a few moves/contracts this winter. Hopefully they turn out to be good contracts.
If there were big money contracts on the horizon (or the flexibility inherent in a an expected windfall) I can't imagine the Reds standing totally pat at this season's trade deadline. All evidence on the ground points to very little payroll room. Doesn't mean trades can't be made, but they're also really short on prospects.
I'll say this: if Walt can navigate this offseason's straits and produce a 90 win team, he's earned his place among the greats.