Originally Posted by dfs
Given the array and configuration of reds talent, I think you very much listen to offers for Arroyo, Phillips and Encarnacion.
It's not that I don't like Arroyo, but his performance the last few years has been enough that you might get something in return.
Phillips has fine counting numbers and there may still be some GM's that think that matters.
I like Edwin too, but the reds have a list of thirdbase prospects as long as my arm.
Sign Edmonds and Edgar and a couple of other old farts. Invest in a young shortstop, and more young arms with upside. Nab a young catcher if you can.
This team isn't ready to compete yet. Build a pitching staff for 10.
Pass on the big hitting left fielder for this year. They're not to the point where somebody like that is going to push them over the top.
I'm sorry but is anyone else tired of this attitude...
I know the Reds were pretty bad last year, but there's no reason to believe those issues aren't behind us:
2009 Starting Pitching is Excellent
: no reason to believe that Harang won't be healthy,giving us back our ace. Add to that Volquez who was an ace himself last year & Cueto who supposedly "has better stuff" than Volquez and now has a year's experience under his belt. So our pitching staff basically holds what very well could be 3 aces, a very competent Arroyo, and promising candidates at the #5 spot.
2009 Bullpen is Strong
: we'll be returning one of the best bullpens in the national league w/ the possible absence of Affeldt, but hopefully he'll be re-signed or a competent replacement found.
: Hanigan handles pitchers excellently and has great defense (major upgrade from Bako), an outfield of Dickerson flanked by Bruce and Magglio (or other) has got to be a lot better defensively than Bruce flanked by Griffey & Dunn. Keppinger replaced by someone like AGon or Furcal will definitely improve the infield defense.
Re-Tooled, More Balanced Offense
: Griffey & Dunn were great hitters, but I think their departure actually provides hope for the offense. I had gotten so sick of "waiting for the homerun". I think a more balanced offense is exactly what this offense needs to get it over the slump. Jockety has been quoted as saying that his top priority is a RH-hitting run producer. So, I feel confident we'll see that acquisition this offseason, hopefully its not a Jeff Conine type hitter, but I'm going to use Magglio and you can slide in who ever you feel more comfortable with. I'm also going to add Furcal because it seems from Jocketty's commented that he's not relying on AGon for next year.
The following offense seems more than formidable:
So... yeah!!! We really are 1 or 2 peices away from being competitive... maybe as simple as the additions of Affeldt, Magglio, and Furcal.