Originally Posted by WVRedsFan
I totally agree, Doug. If Bruce becomes the player everyone thinks he will be and we keep fodder off the field (and Cueto et al coming to form) the Reds can contend. Otherwide, we're going to be a near .500 club. To me, Bruce was a huge disappointment last year and Cueto (and I admit both are young), too. IF the kids work out, we'll have a chance. Keeping Taveras off the field and Votto on will make a big difference.
That said, Harang and Arroyo must produce and Homer has to be as good as he was at the end of the season. If all that falls together, we'll be singing Jocketty's praises. Wait. I forgot. This is RedsZone. Never mind.
So the real question is this, if the team's success hinges on Bruce, Cueto and Bailey joinng Votto and becoming what their minor league pedigree suggests, how is that any different than Krivsky? Both brought in some important contributors (Phillips, Rolen) some stinkers (Stanton, Cormer, Lincoln and Taveras) and had some high dollar deals they inherited to limit their actions.
I'm not really sure much has changed, except that Jocketty brought in Bavasi which may be a bigger long term negative than anything Krivsky did.