Re: Should Dusty Baker Receive an Extension?
This "Votto Window" is open probably pretty wide through 2017. He'll have plenty of power during that time. After, perhaps he can be an awesome 2 hitter with a .375 OBP for the rest of his years. Who knows. But think about how many drafts haven't happened, and the one's that are still very recent.
2009 - Hamilton is almost ready
2010 - Grandal = Latos
2011 Stephanson, Cingrani, probably 2-3 others will 'pop'
2012 Travieso, Winker, again probably 2-3 others will impact
If Hamilton is just a .340 OBP player with good defense, he could maybe score 110 runs one year.
The 2015 rotation could be Chapman, Latos, Cueto, Stephanson, Travieso. Or 100 other variations.
Winker may end up being a huge .900 ops bat, who knows?
Bruce may bring back a haul in a trade after he's hit 250 HR as a Red...who knows?
So many things will go right, that's what I think. The Reds have reached a higher plain and will be able to operate by regularly adding small tweeks through their farm and smart FA plans.