Originally Posted by Reds1
this was more of my response, but I challenged everyone to tell me what makes an A, B, etc. if the 10 so moves the Reds did this year doesn't cut it. Better at almost every position if you include experience like guys like DJ and LarRue got, Bench much better with Freel and one of the OF. Aurillia is now on the bench if not starting, 3 more pen guys including a lefty and 4 guys fighting for spots 4-5 that were all locks to start. I've had no viable responses. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that feels the way you do.
For a team like the Reds? Here you go:
= Turned ballclub into definitive playoff contender
= Improved Run Differential enough to project a 85-win+ season with an outside chance at the WildCard without counting on career years from 3/4 of the squad.
= Improved Run Differential enough to project a .500 record (plus or minus 4 games)
= Improved, but not significantly enough to project a winning ballclub and spent a lot of money doing it
= Improved nowhere and/or spent a lot of money not improving
I'll give 'em a C-minus. And the only reason the offseason ranks that high is that the additional money spent potentially secures a higher payroll next season due to folks who might just buy more tickets because they equate money with performance.
But considering that it doesn't appear that there's a good chance that money will be well spent, I can see how folks are giving the offseason a "D".