My frustration is beginning to mount. There are several players that Walt passed on due to money (Lee, Crawford, Werth) which I agree with. I also would not have paid what the Brewers did for Greinke. However, there were several guys who where traded who could have helped the team. For example DeJesus or Willingham would have looked nice out in left field. Neither cost the As much in terms of prospects. Neither makes a ridiculous amount of money.
So far comparing 2011 to 2010:
1. We have had several discussions regarding improvements in young players & dropoffs in older ones.
2. Mes will show up at some point. However its tough to expect the catching to be better than last year.
3. Janish & Cozart in 2011 vs Janish (1.0 WAR) & Cabrera (1.3 WAR) in 2010.
4. Walt will likely dumpster dive for a 5th outfielder who won't match Nix's 1.5 WAR off the bench last year.
5. One good thing is that Harang's 111 IP will be pitched by someone else.
Maybe Volquez is lights out. Maybe Homer finally puts it all together.
6. Chapman will be with the team all year. IMO he is likely going to the pen. He'll replace Rhodes.
I am not sure what Bob/Walt are thinking. Even if they expect some awesome pitching out of guys like Volquez & Chapman in 2011 it would have been nice to improve the LF situation. Plus we seem to have surpluses at certain positions (SP, 1B) & a host of middling prospects in AAA. Other teams have been able to turn some of their middling prospects into major league talent while the Reds have passed. Presumably due to being "at payroll".
Standing pat after a 91 win season doesn't seem to be a smart move IMO.