What if you could bring back any Reds player's season and put him on this current team, who would it be? I'll make it easier, name one pitcher and one hitter.
I'll go with Barry Larkin's 1996 season as my choice for hitter. Yeah he won the MVP in 1995 but his 1996 season was even better as he became the first 30/30 shortstop in major league history (33 HR/36 SB) and hit .298/.410/.567 - .977 OPS and won a Gold Glove. I was tempted to go with Eric Davis's 1987 season in CF or Johnny Bench's 1972 season behind the plate but I felt shortstop was the biggest need. That combination of offense/defense at SS would make the Reds the clear favorites in the NL Central this season.
My pitcher would be Mario Soto's 1983 season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA in 273.2 innings with a 95 BB/242 K ratio and an ERA+ of 140. This addition would give the Reds a bonafide ace at the top of the rotation. I also strongly considered Jose Rijo's 1993 season and Tom Seaver's 1978 season.
Adding two talents like Barry Larkin and Mario Soto would surely put this team in the playoffs and probably the World Series.
Who would you pick?