Originally Posted by Spring~Fields
I agree we thought that we saw something positive happening after the all-star break with the younger players. We can even pull out some numbers to show some indication. What I am getting at is that I would like to see that growth in a nice direction to continue to have life, to continue to be what we see by eye and by number to be in real growth and development. I just don’t want to see a flash of solid promise and then there to be stagnation or a decline back to a unpleasant reality.
When we look at buying free agents we see problems that are real. When we look at the problem areas where the Reds are short on the field with the regulars and the bench we look to see who the Reds could trade or buy, right now we are having a tough time supporting that the Reds or the market would cooperate with a trade or trades that would support the continuance and we are having problems seeing how the Reds could afford to buy a FA or two to make the difference also.
We are also banking on Arroyo, Harang, Volquez and Cueto doing more than they are capable of without the runs scored or the much improved defense combined. I can’t find the answer to where the runs are going to come from or where the defense is going to be improved significantly to correct the run differential. Let alone enough for the Reds to compete against four other teams in their division that is going to be working on improving their teams over their last years team, teams that were already better than the Reds.
Mario I would hate to have to answer and to support where these trades, or FA are going to come from to improve the fielding, run scored, and relief pitching for next year if you or JoJo, or RedsManRick, Steele, Cyclone or others said, “you tell us and support who, when, where and how” in trades or FA that will cause the Reds to improve enough realistically?
I can’t. Because they need to hang on to the major league pitching, they need to keep the relief pitchers that they have and to use some of those rookies in the minors to fill roles there and to be available in the event of injury, so the Reds are left with little or nothing to trade.
That is why I am asking for genuine clarity on trade resources, but even that is difficult to speculate about. I accept what Doug is saying about the minor league prospects, and the trade possiblities for a few of them. Though I can't see the Reds being able to move many of them to fill so many needs to upgrade.
I get your point, options are limited but resources are not great. But mostly because people would prefer to make large leaps, I do not feel that is likely. That's why I support the notion of making incremental advances at several spots. We wouldn't likely overwhelm anyone next year but it would make us better (sans significant dropoffs elsewhere) and more complete with no glaring deficiencies. BTW speaking of dropoffs I don't really see anyone who should have significant dropoffs for any reason. But I do see guys who should get back to normal.
Granted even in making those advances you may have to spend a little more than what's desireable both in dollars and FA but I have the suspicion that's exactly what Bob/Walt is up to. What Walt was quoted as saying about the offseason lines up exactly with what I have had in mind. I know people would rather hear Walt say we are going to win next year but what I hear him saying is we are going to be competitive which gives us a chance to win next year and beyond. And not the competitive that we are used to hearing about but a real solid team in every way. Although I wonder a little about the pen and the bench which I think will end up needing improvement if nto addressed but I'm guessing Walt understands those issues as well.