according to peter gammons (ugh!), if the reds were not at the ceiling of their payroll, bartolo colon would be a red. is this a trial balloon, or was there discussion between the reds and indians about colon and austin kearns? alas, we’ll never know for certain. the indians are reducing, reducing, reducing payroll, and there’s no magic formula involved…see the marlins, expos, twins, and the oakland a’s for clues as to how it’s done.