How is it that so many around here are so certain what the Reds plans are based solely on less than two years of action. Some complain that WK's hasn't revealed a plan, others that Castellini lied when he said he expected a winner quickly. A year and a half is a tiny amount of time in baseball history. I've said this repeatedly that I understand folks' frustration at the lost decade under previous ownerships, but these things take time.
If we've learned anything from Krivsky, it's that he plays things close to the vest, he doesn't yap it up much the press about what's going on. In that way, he's the anti-Bowden (although to believe folks around here, you might think he's the anti-Christ!). And would anyone expect an owner to come in and say anything other than we expect to win?
As for where thing stand now - no question, this season is proving to be an unmitigated failure. That said, I still say our starting nine are not as bad as they have performed. The pitching staff continues to be woefully inadequate, but I think there is hope even there. It takes a while to turn these things around.
Far too many here believe they no exactly what the Reds will and won't do. The Reds will never spend the money. The Reds will give away the farm. Etc. etc. etc.
Not one of us, I think, are privvy to the inner workings of the Reds, so we have no idea whether we made legitimate offers to free agents during the off season. We have no idea what trades we have proposed or counter offers that have been made.
This FO hasn't been perfect, but I believe they've got some clue and, in the long run, will produce a winning team again in Cincinnati.