Bob Castellini has done wonders with the Reds team and has shown that his is willing to spend. The team's payroll has been steadily increasing since Castellini's arrival and is set to break $100 million for the first time in the club's history.
Defying popular expectations, Joey Votto was re-signed to a huge 10-year deal, and, despite what many thought impossible, Brandon Phillips was also re-signed. Five years earlier, the team would never have found the cash to keep both superstars.
So it currently is a good thing that the Reds are retaining their stars and that the team has so many players who want to be in Cincinnati. But you have to question when Castellini's wallet will close.
There are several players up for arbitration this year (Latos, Leake, Simon, Choo, Heisey, Bailey). Latos and Bailey will both be players the team looks to lock down on long term deals (the players are 25 and 26 years of age, respectively). Beyond that, the team will likely be hoping to keep players like Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, and Aroldis Chapman for their careers.
Are they going to be willing to spend? And, if not, will the hefty contracts of Votto and Phillips haunt Cincinnati until the two retire? Will a new owner step in who will seek to cut salaries?
I love to see the Reds keep their players. I love looking at the roster for any given day and seeing as many as seven home-grown players. But I also have to question how feasible this policy is. Will the team get overwhelmed with contracts? Will they be willing to keep spending? We'll have to wait and see.