Originally Posted by Dan
I'm in the camp that thinks obtaining a LH batting backup and LHP bullpen guy are the only major holes to fill.
Cingrani, Corcino and Redman as kids in AAA would be complimented nicely by a veteran like John Lannan. Stephenson will be in AAA by season's end if he progresses like he did last year. (My addendum to Princeton's law: "challenge thy hitters and coddle thy pitchers" is that "when a pitcher is ready, he's ready; when a hitter is ready, he sometimes isn't." Stephenson is close to ready now.)
Lutz, HRod, B-Ham will all be available in AAA too, if the emergency need arises. Veteran hitters would be nice to stash there too.
IF the Reds were so inclined, a trade for Chase Headley would really secure the lineup. But I don't think that's at all realistic.
Stephenson may well be in AAA, but will need several years to build up his innings count, in reality he may get to taste AA next year...