It's been an interesting couple of weeks in the free agent market. Cubs re-sign Ramirez and Wood and give Soriano 9 years and a ton of money. HOU signs Lee and Woody Williams. L.A. signs Juan Pierre to a very silly deal and ANA signs the Private up for a 5 year hitch at $10M per. Meanwhile the Reds shore up their defense by signing Gonzo to a modest 3 year deal at under $5M per and keep Mike Stanton off the Social Security rolls by inking him to a multi year deal. Now you may think these deals are awful - and most of them are. But, still, Bob is known to be an impatient man. And you have to think that when two teams in the same division spend a ton of money to make themselves better in the near future, you have to believe that the Reds' signings pale in comparison to the others and perhaps Bob feels the same way. I think Bob wants to spend money but he knows how limited our revenues are. Building through the farm system is nice but it's not very sexy and it does nothing in the short term to sell tickets short of giving Homer Bailey a spot in the rotation.
It does nothing to win games next year either and I think that is what Bob wants above all else. I think he would blow the budget to smithereens to get a division championship. I do think he trusts in Wayne and has been patient with him and his rebuilding through the minors but there comes a point where Bob might just throw up his hands and give Wayne a blank check to sign someone - preferably a pitcher - but someone to get the fans' attention and sell tickets but most importantly to win. And if it means overpaying someone, then that is what it takes.
This may not be a wise course of action but Bob may feel that he has to keep up with the Joneses and let Wayne overpay for someone that could make the team better even if it blows the budget and even if the contract is a future liability.