Originally Posted by traderumor
But the three little pigs have looked at the bricks and their checkbook and decided they can only afford to make bricks themselves instead of buying bricks that someone else made. Then, they only had enough to get sticks, which is better than the open air and the strawhouse that they lived in before. Not much better, and certainly not strong enough to withstand the wolf (playoffs), but a little stronger than the one they had before. But those bricks can be hard to come by, and they're just learning how to make them, so for now, its sticks, straw or open air.
My wolf is the regular season. That's when the guys with the bats show up and start trying to dismantle what you've built.
And $8M is $8M. Make it work. Are you going to sit there and tell me no one's going to emerge from this offseason with a good pitcher who costs less than $8M? Of course you're not. We haven't even hit arbitration filings yet, who knows what that's going to shake loose. Who knows what some team unhappy with the way the offseason has shaped up will be willing to trade in January and February. If the Reds made that decision then that's a case of having the wrong people in charge.
I don't want the Reds run by folks who toss up their hands and say, "Well, we can't do any better." I want it run by folks who roll up their sleeves and say, "Well, we've got to do better."