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I have a few thoughts here.
1. Is there any actual reason to assume that most teams can’t afford to run bigger payrolls today? The owners wanting a larger profit margin is not a real reason. I thought that each team’s share of the common revenue fund was close to $200M these days? Pretend it’s only $100M. Is there any reason most teams (including the Reds) can’t cover all other costs with local revenues and run a $100M+ payroll with their share from the common revenue fund?
2. I don’t expect the Reds to compete every year. However, I do expect them to compete more than once every five to six years. Or, if they’re only going to be able to create a window of opportunity every five years, then I expect it to be open wider and longer than this current window has been to date.
3. The Brewers and Rays won division titles this year with payrolls lower than the Reds’. The White Sox’ payroll is essentially the same as the Reds’. Toronto’s payroll is comparable.
This attitude that small market owners have their hands tied gives them a pass to cry poor and reap profits without regards to the product on the field.