Re: How would you fix this pitching staff?
Longer term: I think the Reds, like most MLB teams, could benefit from more agressive scouting of the independent leagues. The Angel team that won the series a few years back had a couple ex-indie guys making the minimum salary that solidified the bullpen. That allowed a lot more payroll flexibility to meet the team's other needs.
Longer term: You have to non-tender the Kyle Lohses of the world in the off-season. Committing payroll to guys like that, who have a proven record of mediocrity prevents your ability to fill holes with above-average players.
Shorter term: Keep your eye open for waiver wire fodder. If a guy has more upside than Mike Stanton, pick him up and cut the Mike Stantons of the world.
Shorter term: Keep Homer in the Minor leagues. He's not dominating at triple-A yet (although doing very well for his age). He won't make a difference up here. You don't want to accelerate his arbitration clock for no appreciable gain. You'd prefer not to bring him into a culture of losing.
Shorter term: Don't get tempted to trade away your above-average players in quality-for-quantity trades (like the Majewski debacle of last year)
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids