I am a diehard Reds fan and I truly believe that we have a solid team but I don't think we have IT this year. The Phillies,Braves, Giants are the favorites and we have too many maybes, so here is what I would like Walt to do. Trade anyone that is expendable/valuable that is not here for the long-term. Guys that fit this profile:
I didn't include Rolen as he is signed relatively cheap and he fills a position where we have modest depth in the minors and he is a veteran clubhouse presence. I think Arroyo will turn it around but with the deadline coming someone will want a mid-rotation innings eater and he may bring some decent AA prospects. Cordero is a no-brainer, he's a FA and can be replaced by Masset and we have Boxberger ready to fill-in. Hernandez is a commodity that teams will covet, and we have Mesoraco ready. Also, Alonzo is ready for LF now, we just need to clear a space!
We have guys ready at AAA/AA to fill spots and audition for 2012, which would allow us to focus the offseason on acquiring SP and SS.
2012 FA shortstops:
JJ Hardy, Yuniesky Betencourt, Jose Reyes, Jamey Carroll, Rafeal Furcal, Jimmy Rollins.
2012 Left Fielders:
Ryan Ludwick, Josh Willingham,Pat Burrell, Carlos Beltran,Cody Ross,CoCo Crisp, Michael Cuddyer.
2012 Starting Pitchers
Mark Buehrle, Edwin Jackson,Paul Maholm,CJ Wilson,Ryan Dempster,Hiroki Kuroda,John Maine,Roy Oswalt,Javier Vasquez,Jason Marquis,Jon Garland, Aaron Cook.
Just my thoughts.