Re: The Reds are & will continue to be a farm team for the big market teams butů
In order for the reds to compete they need to make smart baseball decisions. The major thing I think the reds didn't do over the past 5-10 years is realize who they were. You have to honestly assess your club, where it is, where it can be, and in what direction you are heading. For the past 6 years the reds brass though they have a team who could in the division when in reality they were a less than average baseball team. The biggest keys to the reds future success are good talent evaulation, development, and knowing when to trade a player. The reds need to know when a season is lost and get the most value out of the players currently on the roster.
The reds are doing a better job at scouting and development. They are building a strong farm system and they may finally have some impact players making their way up to the bigs. They have done an excellent job of scouting players and nabbing them while they were cheap. The likes of Phillips, Hamilton, Ross, and Arroyo are all now worth more than what they were picked up for. Right now I think the franchise is picking up spare parts until they are ready for a minor league infusion of talent that will help jump start this organizatoin. It is not an immediate process, which is what the previous managment wanted, rather a slower process that does take time to develop.