Originally Posted by Kc61
A couple of additional thoughts on off-season priorities.
1. A veteran starter. Reds have a very young starting staff. If you look at the Reds' post season pitching performances, almost all were terrific. Arredondo, not. But mostly, it was 24 year old Mike Leake and 24 year old Mat Latos who struggled in key starts.
One way potentially to help the post-season is to add a starting pitcher with experience to replace, say Leake, who could be moved.
2. Contact. As I said in an earlier post, Tom Verducci wrote a good piece in SI saying that teams with contact hitters do better in the playoffs these days. He points to a severe trend toward bat missing and strikeouts in the major leagues. Hitting for contact is not a particular Reds' strength.
Another way potentially to help the Reds go deeper in the playoffs is to add a few guys who make contact. Guys like Stubbs and Heisey could be replaced by high contact hitters. Cairo and Valdez would also be obvious candidates to be replaced by high contact bench players.
Our old friend Jeff Keppinger as a FA replacement for Cairo would bolster the bench and give you a high contact guy. Not sure what he would command money wise or if he's actually a multiple position guy anymore.