Originally Posted by Steve4192
In the 'big picture' the 2012 team was incredibly healthy and had a number of guys put up career years. There are a lot of reasons to believe they will take a step back in 2013 (much like they did in 2011 after an excellent 2010). Shoring up weaknesses would go a long way towards offsetting those reasons, not to mention it might improve the Reds odds of winning a short series sprint in addition to winning the regular season marathon.
Career years by a bunch of guys not yet at their peak years doesn't make me worried so much about them falling off the map. Injuries, perhaps more so, but I feel comfortable about getting 150 games out of Votto rather than 100 too, so that picks up some of the slack if it does happen elsewhere.