This is week old article, but it says much about the financial condition of the Reds.
Think about it: $75 million per year just for payroll for one year. And that is not counting ANY income from attendance and/or concessions - which is 90% of the Reds' income. And the Angels can almost double the Reds' payroll without adding income from ticket sales and concessions.The Reds’ deal doesn’t even pay that. It’s believed to be worth $10 million a year and believed to run through 2016. The club won’t comment on it.
But if the Reds are going to have the money to be competitive, they’re going to have to get a better cable deal at some point.
This why we don't see too many high priced FA or players in Cincinnati.