Originally Posted by SpringfieldFan
Raisors statement here makes me stop and think for awhile, I almost find the statement to be too much reality to handle being a Reds fan. I think yes Dunn and add a couple of other names Casey and maybe Kearns, but outside of those three on a team of 25 the rest certainly are something to worry about.
If we are honest none of the pitching is very good to date. We canít count on Larkin due to age and injuries; we canít count on Griffey because of reoccurring injuries. Reds catchers are nothing to write home about, they have no third basemen, and I am sure they could find an upgrade at second base, the rest canít seem to hit or field on a consistent basis so it looks like the Reds only have three players that they or the fans can count on, yes maybe Willy Mo if he gets a lot more fielding practice.
So Raisors remark makes me realize that the Reds really are in sorry shape. It makes me cringe to hear the Reds talk of rebuilding, knowing that drafts, trades and player development may take a very long time, many years, because a lot has to go right in a minor league world where most players donít make it leading up to the majors. It is really sad that the Reds only have 3-4 players that can really be counted on when we stop to think about it, consistently at the mlb level. Sure some will mention Freel or Jimenez, but I am sure upgrades could be found for those two.
Since quality pitching is so limited and spread thin amongst all the major league teams, isnít it fiction to think that anyone of the 3-4 decent players that the Reds have could get a really good pitcher in return?
So I think Raisor is right, there are 22-23 other players on the Reds to really worry about, and it seems insurmountable to fix for many years to come to me, with an organization with a tight budget. Alot of things will have to go almost perfect for them to fix the mess the FO has made.
You nailed it. Better get the flame suit on.
There is not a lot of reason of for optimism in the next few years. The Reds arguably have both the worst rotation and worst pen in the NL this year.
The Reds only tradeable commodities are OF/1B for which there are no replace ments in the minors.
If they were to deal a Casey they might get two decent PROSPECTS(or suspects) in return. It is not a pretty picture as the organization is hamstrung(pun intended) by Jr's contract.