Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Tell me how it's not that bad?
This is a team that fell 100 runs short in the run differential last season AND lost it's biggest run producer.
This is a team in desperate need of good players, and they just signed one that could only be generously described as well below average.
This simple math above explains it all.
I'm not jumping off a bridge, but I am definitely not excited by this signing. The only good thing is that it cost the Reds nary a player in return.
Unless a big bat is added in LF (and I doubt it will at this point), this team is left with a lot of "hoping" in order to improve in 2009. As in hoping that Cueto progresses, Volquez repeats his fine year, and Harang returns to 2007 form. Hoping that Edwin continues to improve with the bat and has learned how to play 3B in the offseason. Hoping that Gonzalez is finally healthy, physically and emotionally. Hoping that Taveras returns to his 2007 numbers. Hoping the bullpen.... that's a lot of hope.
Good thing that hope springs eternal!