Re: Grade the offseason.
I love it....the Reds do nothing, people complain because they're doing nothing (I was a big advocate there)
The Reds spend some money, make some moves to upgrade the team as a whole, by addressing their needs with major-league talent and people complain
Did they overspend? Yeah, probably, but see my last post.
Did they upgrade? I think they did, and I think it will show
Did they actually show that they really may want to win? Yes, which is a huge step in the right direction
Were there better players available to the ones we obtained? Yes...sure there were, but can you imagine how much we would have had to overpay for them? Unfortunately the economics of baseball isn't fair when it comes to salaries and parity
Plus, the Reds didn't give any of these guys real lengthy deals, which, in the past, have gotten this organization into trouble on more than one occasion
Bottom line, this offseason finally showed me that there is a direction and a plan. Whether it pans out or works, we'll probably begin to see that as the season plays out