Originally Posted by hippie07
First may I direct your attention to this Article:
Our GM is aware of our needs and he plans to address them and he plans to spend money freely where needed.
I'll say it again...
Defense is improved "New Left Fielder"/Dickerson/Bruce is an improvement over Dunn/Bruce/Griffey, Infield defense will most likely still be hampered by EdE, but from the article above we can infer that Kepp won't be playing SS, it will be AGon or an acquisition... in other words an upgrade. And yes, an upgrade of Hanigan over Bako to add on top of that.
-Holes in the Bullpen?? Do you honestly believe that because 3 bullpen pitchers are FA, that we can't/won't resign them or acquire someone of equal or better value? If so, what is your basis for that argument?
I do like your optimism though. I have enjoyed reading the optimist on here for the past eight years.
I have to go conservatively and with what the ownership group has allowed in the past as percentage increases to the budget and payroll, conservatively that has ranged from 7% to 13.13 % increases the past two years, and the first year they decreased the payroll. A 79-83 million dollar payroll leaves little room for vast improvements.
So for Mr. Jocketty to say that the payroll will increase is not an issue, the issue is will the Reds have the aggregate funding to improve the team, and will the players targeted by Mr. Jocketty even be interested in coming to the Reds in comparison to other organizations with a history of winning and more resources to pay them a higher and lengthier contract.
What are you basing these alleged improvements to over come St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Houston upon in your opinion?