Originally Posted by thatcoolguy_22
Tell me exactly what the Reds are going to do in 2010 when:
1) They realize at least 1 of the Homer/Cueto combo is topping out as a #4/5 type SP
2) Harang/Arroyo need to be resigned
3) They are paying around 13 mil a year for a 37 year old closer
4) Are forced to pay real $$ to EE and Phillips
5) Joey Votto fails to set the world on fire and is only an average major league 1B
6) Hamilton or Bruce do not reach their lofty "projections"
For the Reds to compete in the perceived window of 2009-2011 almost everything will have to go right for us for the first time since the BRM and we will have to increase payroll by a huge amount.
However with the current position players we have control over we have a 2-3 year window that is only a TOR SP and a RH bat away.
Sometimes you have to go for it. I admit it is a HUGE gamble either way you look at it.
I would prefer we trade a package around Bruce for Kazmir/Bedard and make a smaller move for a RH slugger. Go for it. I'm tired of the constant pseudo rebuild bs that we are constantly going through
The only problem is that I think you are wrong on almost all of your predictions. Both Bailey and Cueto, will be top of the rotation starters, Votto will turn out to be one of the best first baseman in the league in a couple of years, and Hamilton and Bruce will both reach their projections. I do agree that we will have to pay more money to Cordero, and the price for Edwin and Brandon Philips will go up. I am not sure of the exact contracts that Harang and Arroyo have, but I see no reason why we could not re-sign both in due course. The price will go up as they continue to perform well, but I expect the Reds will be a winning organization by that time and will have no trouble paying the pair of them.