Reds ownership shows “small market” is just an excuse
The Cincinnati Reds have always been considered a “small-market” team, incapable of competing for big-name free agents because of financial constraints. Other clubs have gigantic television deals, fill their stadiums on a regular basis and reside in major cities like Boston or New York.
Fans, media members and owners themselves have long complained that the system is not fair. Anyone see Moneyball?
I have always believed that the system doesn’t put all teams on an equal playing field, nor should it.
The Reds have now sent shock waves through the baseball world by (Gasp!) retaining big-name free agents and signing them to long-term deals. Bob Castellini promised to bring winning baseball back to Cincinnati. He has certainly put his money where his mouth is.
It is realistic to think that Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips will both finish their careers in Cincinnati. It’s an exciting time to be a Reds fan!