Anybody else get the feeling that Team Clark is Hal McCoy's son?? Notice most of his posts somehow rip Bowden, even if it's not the subject at hand. One question, son of Hal, do you think there are many gm's who could do significantly better with a $45mm payroll, particularly when that gm is force-fed with a hefty $9mm contract for a 38 year old shortstop, effectively making the 'available' payroll even lower. I have a feeling you'll somehow say yes, but the numbers would prove otherwise. I think Bowden has made very few mistakes when it comes to contract negotiations, player trades, free agents, etc. And despite having to deal with bad luck and inherent disadvantages (Junior's injuries, Lark's contract, limited payroll), he has kept this team competitive in all but one season (2001).
By the way, the Reds will NOT bump payroll by $30 million next year. Some, but not $30 mil. I would have expected an insider to know that.