Originally Posted by red-in-la
And Doung, if they cannot compete now, don't put it on Cueto/Bruce/Votto to fix it. They will need a whole lot more.
Do you think the Reds will improve if they lose JR, Dunn, Phillips and maybe Harang over the next couple of years? Throw in the fact that you have no use for Hairston or Hopper two guys with at least some chance of hitting. Just who are the others around those few guys you point to that are going to make the future so bright?
As I said over and over again, the Reds, to compete, had to be able to make competitive moves. If you are saying they aren't capable now, maybe they never will be. They either had a chance with a fair amount of talent right now, or they are the Pittsburgh Pirates. Choose your poision.
by more do you mean a 3b that can OPS in the upper .800's? check.
How about a closer with shut down abilities? check.
Setup guy just as good as your closer, making just over the league minimum? Check.
How about a LH reliever that is now healthy and dominating.
The Reds have more than three pieces, and I didn't even mention Adam Dunn.