It seems to me that the general concensus is that Wayne is going to standpat the rest of the offseason with the exception of maybe a small FA signing or trade, nothing major. And it seems as if most people are content heading into next year with our rotation, pen, and lineup as status quo.
However, this is Wayne's last year on his contract. Seeing how Castellini is demanding the Reds become contenders, and the Reds not contending for years now, do you think this is a make or break year for Krivsky? If so, If I were him, I would be very nervous heading into next season with the rotation and bullpen we have now. Now, don't get me wrong. I thought the Hamilton/Volquez was a good deal for both teams. And I think Volquez will eventually become a reliable starting pitcher in the majors someday. I also thought the Cordero trade will bring instant stability to the backend of the bullpen.
However, let's not kid ourselves. There's more than a better chance our young pitchers (Bailey, Cueto, Volquez, Bray, Belisle, Burton) are going to take their lumps this season, which again is fine for me, since I can see the overall picture. However, for Wayne, that might not be good enough.
So, being that most likely the Reds aren't goint to take over the Cubs or Brewers for the '08 season, do you think Castellini will extend Krivsky's contract, even barring another sub .500 year?
On another note, this subject brings me to another point regarding Bedard (I know, it'll never die). Seeing how this is Wayne's last year in his contract and there's no doubtly pressure on him to contend this season from upper management, I still think there's a really good chance Wayne will trade for Bedard, just for that reason alone.