The Reds went into this offseason with a pretty ambitious shopping list. They needed to add a middle-of-the-order bat, a leadoff man, a closer and a couple of bench players.

The tricky part was that they had virtually no money to work with.

But the club was able to re-sign Ryan Ludwick, trade for Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald, re-sign Jonathan Broxton and sign Jack Hannahan.

Pretty nifty trick, eh?

They pulled it off through creative financing. The credit goes largely to assistant general manager Bob Miller. He's the guy who structured Ludwick and Hannahan deals in a way that they have minimal impact on the 2013 budget.

"Bob Miller is the master of creative financing," general manager Walt Jocketty said.

But credit goes to the entire organization. It's another sign that the Reds have come a long way as an organization. Baseball America, the leading publication on the minor leagues and player development, named the Reds the Organization of the Year in 2012.