Originally Posted by hippie07
Thanks for your opinion.
My opinion is ... if the Reds stand pat next year they'll be better than last year... if they make some key moves... they're good enough to be competitive... even in the Central.
That is the part that remains to be seen and answered. If that is not answered and corrected then our optmism will be misguided greatly.
What we hope for is far different from what the Reds have in reality.
One to many on the bench list.
Harang, Arroyo, Volquez, Cueto, Owings/Ramirez
Cordero, Bray, Burton, Majewski, Masset, plus two more from ?
Unless I missed some and I might have, the above is what the Reds have. Most of which no one wants to trade, and most have decided that the Reds cannot afford 13-20 million dollar free agents that want 4-6 year contracts.
Those players also have choice as to where they sign, most want to go to a winning team that they perceive is a ready contender.
Your starting pitching shows promise, your bullpen is short, your bench is of little help, the defense might be improved in the outfield. Your infield defense is not improved, unless your ready to claim Hanigan as the lone savior for 162 games which he is not. The offense cannot score enough runs to compete.