Nobody can convince me that Lopez and Kearns are such great players that the Reds can't replace their production if they boost their payroll.
This off-season will tell us a lot. Teams in most sports, particularly baseball, can build themselves up quickly by spending. The free agents list may not be ideal, but there is more than enough talent available to improve the Reds in every department.
Based on everything I've heard from the new ownership's statements, I expect them to go after a couple of major free agents. I also expect them to be active traders.
Most top tier franchises in 2006 don't just sit around waiting for AA prospects to improve. I hope and expect the Reds to make an effort to reach this level.
If they do this, I can live with one or two duds. Every player move doesn't pan out. But as a fan I am waiting for the ownership to show they are really trying. The time has come.