Re: General Observations
I was in Virginia the other day. I was wearing my Reds cap. It surprised me how many people there saw my hat and wanted to talk about the Reds. The Nationals have cut into it somewhat, but the Reds seem to have a very large following in Virginia. Good.
I agree with most of what you said. I wouln't feel the need to keep Hopper though. Arroyo should be kept.
With the first pick in the draft I would take a college pitcher or a super-stud hitter. I believe there is a can't miss shortstop from Florida in the ARod mold. That would be nice. The first pick can be a real franchise-turning moment, but sometimes the guy never pans out. It is a great opportunity though.