Reds: It's time to do or do not......there is no try

By Lance McAlister

November 23, 2019

Reds: It's time to do or do not...there is no try.

A year ago the Reds shook up MLB's sleepy offseason by "getting the pitching' and energizing a fan base by infusing Yasiel Puig into the Cincinnati landscape.

The result: Some fun.....some characters, a couple of brawls, but lots of one-run losses and ultimately, another losing season....the sixth in a row.

Without the celebration of 150 seasons of baseball to decorate and disguise 16 losing seasons in the last 19 what can the Reds and the front office turn to for 2020? How about a significant upgrade of the roster?

Upgrades of bats and arms are required. Reality check: The Reds need at least two more bats, a starting pitcher and at least two more bullpen arms.

How, you say, how can the Reds possibly do all that? Honestly, I don't care about the how.

I'm exhausted by the idea of money being a hurdle to accomplishing tasks. Yes, the Reds bumped their payroll to the franchise high neighborhood of $130M last year. Yet the ML average payroll is closer to $145M. As USA Today pointed out last week, 24 of the last 25 World Series champs had payrolls in the top half of MLB.

Fact: The Reds were purchased for $270M in 2005. A year ago, Forbes valued the franchise at $1.1B. My Butler math tells me that means the original investment has more than tripled in value. Meanwhile, the performance on the field has been a losing proposition.

It's time to upgrade the talent on the roster. That's going to cost money. Granted, that's not a formula that's sustainable in a market this size. But it is what is required NOW to fill the self created holes.

Fans didn't create these issues. Fans didn't sign contracts that have acted as anchors to the ship. Fans didn't miss on draft picks. Fans reject the lip service of market size.

It's time for the Reds ownership to ante up or cash out.

The hiring of out-of-the-box thinking and nonconformist Kyle Boddy to oversee pitching for the organization was a big plus. The front office, scouting and development has been overhauled the last two offseasons. That's commendable.

But it's fair to wonder why it took until last offseason to overhaul the way the Reds scout, draft and develop. That should have taken place in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 offseasons, when the Reds were going through the key moments of the rebuild, with high draft picks to add foundation pieces of the rebuild. But I digress.

We are hearing a lot of buzz about the Reds. We are seeing free agent name after free agent name linked to the Reds.

The time to talk is over. Excuses have reached an expiration date. The 'patience' card has been played.

It's time to do. To quote the immortal Star Wars character, Yoda, do or do not...there is not try.

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