What if the Reds decided to spend only for pitching and backups in the off-season and to go very young with its position players.
Bench -- Janish, Keppinger (or Hairston), new backup catcher, lefty pinch hitter. (Stubbs or Dickerson would be on bench depending on lefty/righty.)
Then, instead of putting money in Matt Holliday types, use the dough for Sabathia or Lowe or another good pitcher and maybe even spend on a polished middle reliever.
I can see some defensive problems, but it would be fun for the minor league forum fans. Alonso, Valaika, and Stubbs would be getting some early time in the bigs.