Originally Posted by Kc61
Cubs are being quite aggressive in making themselves a good team and now. Clearly becoming the number one team in the division. After last year's big off-season they are now filling in the gaps very well, the lefty hitting outfielder they signed, now Lieber a veteran to fill out the rotation, re-signing Wood.
It's going to be very hard for the Reds to compete with the Cubs this year unless injuries or unexpected performances intervene. In particular, even with the addition of Cordero, the Reds will need much stronger pitching to compete with the group the Cubs will put out there, Zambrano, Lilly, Hill, Lieber, the others.
If Reds really want to compete for the division crown this year, they need to upgrade. Otherwise, even if the Reds improve this year, their ceiling will be wild card competition.
I don't agree that the resigning and signing of Wood and Lieber are moves to put a team over the top. They are moves that a team with plenty of payroll can make, but the core of the team is basically unchanged from the one that hovered around .500 for most of last year. Both Wood and Lieber are highly questionable with respect to durability and are as likely to make no or a negative impact as they are to be a help. With Lieber, I am glad he is not the Reds back-end pickup, he can spin a good one every once in awhile, but mostly is dreck these days.