It's easy to bang on Walt because no trades are happening, but, again it takes two teams to make a trade and our tradeable parts may not be all that tradeable.
Yes, and there lies the problem. What does it say about your team when no other teams want your tradeable parts?
And if no trades are made Cincinnati basically starts again in 2010 with the same cast of characters. We know the Reds aren't going to make any big free agent signings. We saw this last winter when Walt said a big RH bat was priority number one and yet he failed to sign any of the available candidates.
I would guess the same will hold true this off-season.
How much help can the Reds realistically expect from the minors? I do not see this club riding a 2010 tsunami of talent to the playoffs.
Injuries have hurt this club in 2009. But I don't think injuries have crippled it. Besides, all teams have injury problems to some extent. A team has to factor in some injuries.
So what is there to expect next season if the Reds aren't gonna add players through free agency, they can't trade for help and the farm system isn't riding to the rescue?
Better luck with injuries and improvement of the youngsters through experience. And a run at being a .500 team. Yay!
The playoffs will have to wait and wait and wait.