I have a question for some of you guys who know a lot more about these two prospects than I do.
How realistic is it to think that Votto and Bailey could be ready to start the season in Cincinnati? If, by some chance, they could be ready...it would make things look a lot better. Instead of sitting still, the Reds would be moving towards the future with two of their best young players.
Could Votto be good enough at first base? I really believe that it is important to challenge good young hitters rather than to leave them in the minors when they are ready to bloom. Is Votto that close?
With Homer Bailey, I wouldn't use him in any other rotation spot but #5. While I would hope that he is ready to be very good...I would want the pressure to be lessened by the 5 spot...and it would also diminish the number of innings he would have to log. I have a feeling that Homer could be very good right away. Am I all wet here?
It would still require the Reds to go get another decent starter. (There is a really strong case made elsewhere on this board for Mark Mulder or Jerome). This would allow the Reds to rely less (or not at all) on Milton or Lohse...something that I think would be really smart (despite contract obligations).
How close is Jay Bruce? Two years? Or maybe a little less?
There has to be a way to get this Reds team in a place where we fans feel that there is marked improvement and some kind of commitment to winning. I'm wracking my brain. How about some help?