Re: Is Dusty Baker able to fool the media...do they really like him?
I like the Dusty hire. His teams in San Fran always overachieved IMO. Chicago didn't go as well obviously, but he was on the doorstep of a WS in Chicago and his body of work was much longer in San Fran.
And I agree with Ratto that it's up to Cast and Kriv now. Baker is going to be a solid manager here and the core of players is already in place. But if they can go out and get him a couple more pitchers and a couple position players to fill in, the Reds could have something right away in 2008. The Central will be there for the taking perhaps again. I don't see the Cubs doing much this offseason after spending so much last year and with their ownership in flux. If the Reds just have a decent offseason, nothing flashy, just decent, they are going to be contenders right away.