Originally Posted by podgejeff_
By 2009 Cueto should be ready. We'll also know if Shearn can pan out given his limited success. There's bound to be somebody else wanting a shot at starting too, such as Maloney (or maybe Thompson?). I really only think we need a SP for 2008 on a one year, maybe two year contract at best. Hence let's go out and get us Schilling or Glavine (if they'd come here).
That's fine, but all that is filling is your #4/#5 guy with Cueto.
I don't see us going after those guys you mentioned for 2008 - then our payroll is up to $75-80M - without a solide #4/#5 guy.
I think you stay away from having to pass the baton on your 4th/5th starters as we have this year. But MAYBE.
I don't think those type of guys want to have their twilight careers spent in Cincinnati.
You want a guy who's used to mediocrity.
My guess is I think we add a midling FA SP, and hope we can OUT-BOP them with Dunn on his option. IF we sign him to a friendly LT, then we can afford to go after a Top-Line FA on an LTC in 2009 to complement Bailey/Cueto:
Now THAT is a team that can compete.