Originally Posted by mth123
Agreed as long as they don't give up Alonso, Votto or Bruce to get the pitching they need. They also need Cozart, Phillips and Mesoraco. If they can keep those 6 guys, they don't need to add any position players.
People are overlooking the money here. The Reds have the money to make a splash to fix the rotation, but if they start nickel and diming it away on reclamation projects, relievers and iffy players they'll be stuck with in house options and IMO that is simply not good enough. Get the pitcher first.
As far as the bullpen goes, leave Chapman out there and get a good starter to go with Cueto, Leake, Arroyo and Bailey and the bullpen will be fine. Arroyo should be healthy and go deeper into games in 2012. Cueto should be available all year and the team should get more innings from him. Leake is ready for a full 200 inning load now, so he should provide more innings as well. Bailey is still a bit iffy but has teh most talent of the bunch IMO. If they can get a consistent guy who can start 32 times and average about 7 innings, that bullpen should be much improved. The team won't need to use 5 or 6 pitchers every day and the whole lot of them should be better prepared to handle the dog days. Chapman, Bray, Arredondo, Masset, Ondrusek, Lecure and Wood (with Boxberger on the way and lots of reinforcements as 12th pitcher candidates) should provide a deep, well balanced pen who have guys who can give innings, provide heat late in the game and give multiple looks. The only thing this pen needs IMO is to leave Chapman in place and to be paired with a rotation that doesn't put them in a hole 5 times each week.
It's going to be tough to find a 200 inning pitcher on the FA market, but I would be thrilled if the Reds landed one. Cordero's option wasn't picked up, so that's a start. If you take out the deferments from Rolen and Arroyo, you may have 17+ million after arbitration to sign FA's. Adding a 14+ million contract like Buehrle would certainly stave off a Phillips contract and in 2013 you'd have to find a 2b. Votto's 19 million in 2013 is doable.
Trade Bailey and Volquez for a top prospect in the infield. Save Wood for injury insurance and/or to takeover when Chapman reaches innings limit.
It's one way to do it. Lot's of ways to do it, though. Adding a FA bat while trading for a more affordable pitcher with pieces like Alonso, Stubbs, Heisey, Frazier, Bailey, Volquez, and Sappelt is another way to go.