Unlike some, I do feel that Wayne Krivsky has a plan. As some have pointed out around here, WK has been signing veterans to "bridge the gap" so to speak to the youngsters we have coming up through the system within a few years. While this is a solid plan on the surface, it also scares me a little bit.
An organization like Minnesota or Oakland could afford to do something like this, but we are basically depending on ALL of our top prospects to work out. Great farm systems have DEPTH, and if one doesn't work out, they have loads of other options. Unfortunately, we don't have that.
We have some really nice top prospects, but I just don't see the depth in our minor league system. We're relying on Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Homer Bailey and a few other's to work out by 2009, but what if they don't? What happens if one of them gets hurt, or regresses for another reason?
I love the fact that WK is trying to get younger, and banking on these young player's is probably the ONLY way to make this franchise better, but I'm just afraid of what might happen if a few of these guys don't work out. It's going to take a long time for this farm system to get back to where it should be, and I'm afraid that we won't be CONSISTENT contender's until that actually happens.
Here's hoping that Bailey, Votto, Bruce and other's ALL work out. Because if a few of them don't, the cupboard could be looking pretty bare in a few years.
It just shows you what kind of predicament the Reds are in because of crappy management for a decade. We don't have the money to spend to go out and immediately improve our team through FA, and we don't have the depth in the farm system to immediately turn things around either. WK has a lot of work to do... I can't say that I envy his position
Note: This is in no way, shape or form stating that any of these guys are busts, or that they won't work out. But history seems to indicate that the chances of them ALL working out are slim, and to me it seems that, so far, that's what the Reds are leaning on for a massive turnaround. Not all "top" prospects work out... there has to be some depth, and I just don't see it with us unfortunately.