Originally Posted by Joseph
That assumes a lot. That assumes that the bullpen and everyone else on the staff will suddenly rise to league average. You also assume that Arroyo will retain his effectiveness despite a scary dropoff in strikeout rate last season.
The Reds didn't acquire "league-average pitching." They acquired one league-average pitcher. And they overpaid to get him.
That's not a recipe for long-term (or even short-term) success.