So Bob Castellini has come out and intimated the payroll is in for a significant boost and that pitching will be acquired.
Dusty Baker has supposedly been brought in to win now.
It's all the right lip service, all we need now is some action. Far as I can tell, the best pitcher who might be available this offseason is Johan Santana. He also happens to be one of the best pitchers alive (maybe THE best pitcher alive).
Minnesota might decide to trade this winter rather than lose him to free agency. Lo and behold the Reds GM used to work hand in hand with the new Twins GM. Wonder if they talk much? Also, wasn't Krivsky the lead negotiator on Santana's current deal?
The Reds have the resources to make it happen. As scary as plunking down such a big bet on possibly one season of Santana might be, it would also be mind-bogglingly awesome to see the team acquire the best pitcher to don a Reds uni since Bucky Walters.
Break out the tackle, slice up the bait and reel in the big fish.