Well in the last ten years the Reds payroll has roughly doubled from the 40+ million range to 80+ million.
I think Bob Castellini genuinely wants to see the Reds return to glory and for modern fans to experience the feeling of having a winner in town.
The feeling in Cincinnati back in the 70's was electric. Being a Reds fan then was magical (sorry, a little dramatic) but i think he wants people to feel that way again.
A lofty goal perhaps but he has learned alot about baseball operations since he bought the team and i really believe his business acumen is exceptional to a degree and the only thing that has stopped him from going over the top with any spending has been not having a solid understanding of personnel and how talent is evaluated.
I believe he is getting closer to that point where he believes we can really win and when that day comes the pockets will open up.
Not sure if I would call it "poor mouth"..If anything they've been non-committal with not even a comment most of the time. But they did sign KG junior to big dollars and got burnt, did they not? You don't think present-day ownership does not see that and is a bit gun shy so as not to set the franchise back several years?But really when have the reds really had a couple players the past few years as good, and possibly coveted, as both BP and Votto that are/could be sexy FA's? And trading them is premature right now if you're playing the market. Maybe they want to sign both players but it's "wait and see" approach. Why trade BP right now when they have him for the coming season and they've seem to have gone all in to win this year? That defeats the purpose.Why trade Votto "right now" for the same reasons? Need to ride the big dogs. I'm not saying that trades should not be made at the AS break or trade deadline if progress is not made because I believe they should as I'd rather have real good AA/AAA players ready to roll then future draft choices.
I'm just saying that the reds are at a pretty good place with a real good farm system and now have some veteran pieces to mesh with that and they're hoping this is the year. Winning games, being in the race, and putting butts in the seats this year to the tone of 2.2 million or so really is the only way to keep Votto or at least have a chance with him. Again, I have no idea what the worth of BC and family is and that's why I'll never bad-mouth an owner without knowing their wealth and where it all comes from. It takes alot of $$$ to own a team and you need a fan base that churns revenue every season. Not sure that's happened in Cincinnati. You think he's a billionaire? I know plenty of teams that have owners far far far wealthier than others..
Well, then sign Votto and Phillips and show us his acumen!
If he signs Votto and not BP then i would say he is showing his acumen. I think we have gotten the best out of BP with one more season to go before he is hasta la vista.
BP is not committed to the Reds. If he was committed to the Reds we would never hear a peep from beep about his GD contract.
Team players ST-FU and get it done between the lines, not on Twitter. Sure, he is fan friendly but who is he representing when he does that?
BP, that's who.
"The kid deserves a 4-5 year deal at big big money and IDC if he gets it here, as long as it does not hinder the franchise"
I agree but that is not what bothers me about this whole thing. The communication between the Reds front office and Phillip is way off. The team has no problem in asking Phillips to represent them but they can't tell him what their plans are for him?