Originally Posted by GAC
I want a solid #1 starter also. But why can't teams like the Reds, and so many others, afford them? That is the question that MLB should be addressing.
Where did all the available #1 starters end up this winter? Did the Reds, or any of the other teams even have a chance of obtaining them?
The improvements to this BP will go a long way to helping this team.
I won't argue the point that MLB needs to address the revenue disparity among teams. You are completely right in that respect.
On the other hand, I think that the reason that the #1 starters ended up with larger market teams is that the small market teams think with small minds. The Reds could have afforded Clement. They chose to take the small market route and sign several lesser players instead of one really good one. Would it have made a difference for 2005? Probably not, but Graves comes off the books after next year. Larue and Jimenez will not be around for 2006, either. There is the money for another top flight starter. Now you have two. Hopefully, a Claussen, Gardner or Paully would be ready to do some good things by then, too.