You think the Reds would have learned from the Ken Griffey, Jr. signing that putting all your budget into one ballplayer isn't going to win you a championship. There is so much money to go around with a budget that the Reds have to deal with and if you don't have a strong supporting cast, then it is hard to win.
Now fast forward to today. The Reds signed Votto and Phillips to deals similar to Junior's and we are seeing the repeat of the Griffey's signing all over again. Not enough money to have a strong bench or money in the budget to take on payroll. Basically, they are stuck with these contracts and to compound it, both players are on the DL and their stats before they were injured wasn't nothing to get excited about.
You would think they would take the Tampa Bay approach and move these guys and got young talent in return. Once you sign these players to longterm deals there is no incentive to put up the numbers because their contracts are guaranteed. Too bad they don't have the contracts like NFL players. I would rather eat the signing bonus instead of being stuck with some unwanted contracts the next 3+ years.
So, I'm done ranting but you think the Reds would have learned from the Junior's signing.