Basically, whether they lose 85 games or 95 games means very little to me.
But it matters to their bottom line and budgeting for the next few years.
Everyone knows what the Reds need to win next year, more starting pitching, more depth in the BP, more bench depth, more minor league depth to deal when they're close in July.
Only problem is they don't plan on being close, this isn't the year they're gonna go for it. They don't think that if they spend the jack like everyone here wants them to that it will be enough, they don't think that they have the horses on the bench or the bodies to flip to make a serious run.
They're running for .500 and hoping they can flip some guys and contracts down the line.
That's the business plan, not trying to win 88 game at the expense of another long term contract. Don't expect to ever see another Red signed for more than 5 years and no pitchers for more than 3.
We all know what the Reds need, they're the ones that have to execute it, live with it and pay for it.