This is the fifth in a series of 5 articles that will try to get Pirate fans inside the organizations of the Pirates' NL Central opponents.  I explained the rationale behind these articles here and previously reviewed the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs , Milwaukee Brewers, and the Saint Louis Cardinals.

This final article will look at the rising power in Pittsburgh's sister city, the Cincinnati Reds.  I expect the battle that is going on between the Reds and the Cards this season to continue for the next few years.  Cincinnati is a scary team in terms of talent and the low salaries that talent will be making.  This will enable them to add whatever they may need in free agency.

Payroll Committments 2011-2014 (does not include arbitration or min-scale players)

2011 -- $42.733 million
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