What is with all the negativity? It seems like 10-20% of posters have realistic expectations of what 2007+ will bring and 80-90% of posters are serious 'negative Nellies'. Whine. *****. Moan. Lament. 200 posts each time we sign a vet to be an emergancy backup in AAA.
The Reds have gone in ONE year from being in the same class as the Pirates or Royals to being on the verge of contending for the playoffs.
Our 80-82 season wasn't great but it was a step in the right direction.
We are building a solid team. Not just to sniff the playoffs once every five years but a team that can contend yearly.
Yes we need another couple pitchers ( don't most teams ) but look at what we DO have:
A solid 1-2 punch of Arroyo & Harang.
The #1 pitching prospect in baseball waiting to join the rotation.
Four young relievers & 2 vets to help stabilize the pen for 2007.
Votto, Phillips, EE, Dunn & Deno are all young.
Bruce ( another top ten prospect ) will arrive in 2008 or 2009.
The low levels of the farm system are well stocked.
Krisky has NOT taken on any awful contracts that will cripple us going forward. Milton is gone after 2007. Griffey after 2008.
Krisky has NOT traded a single top prospect.
Folks the future is bright. Cheer up!