On 12/11/2012 the Reds made the trade for Shin-Soo Choo upgrading the one major weakness on the team and putting them on the very short list of the best teams in baseball. Today when Walt Jocketty goes into the office he is looking at a very different baseball landscape than he was a mere 324 days ago.
The Reds are now the 3rd best team in their own division. 1B, RF and CF were the only spots that provided above league average offense and the CF is a Free Agent. They (I assume) are very close to tapped out from a payroll per perspective, there is no immediate help on the farm system and they are staring at the very real possibility of having to compete in 2014 against the defending World Series champs who by many accounts could be better next season.
Bottom line, given what I believe to be the Reds resources, I don't know that anybody has the ability to make the current Reds team better than Cardinals in 2014 which is why I voted not confident.
Think about it this way, IF, and it is a big IF, but IF they resign Choo they are essentially the same team that finished 7 games behind St Louis this season.
And just as a preemptive strike please don't anyone waste my time telling me about a full season of 36 year old Ryan Ludwick coming off shoulder surgery turning back into the flash in the pan he was in 2012