Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, March 15, 2022 -- "$%#&#!!!, and the Reds"

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"The Reds picked this moment to buy into the Seligian nonsense that teams owned by fabulously wealthy men in smaller cities are victims of circumstance. They traded starting catcher Tucker Barnhart to save $7 million, then waived mid-rotation starter Wade Miley rather than retain him for $10M. You can pick at flaws in both players while also recognizing that their value far exceeds their 2022 salaries. Reds GM Nick Krall had the gall to say at the time, 'We must align our payroll to our resources and continue focusing on scouting and developing young talent from within our system.'"