At 7 GB I feel that the white flag has been raised & the chance at back to back playoff apperances has come to an end. Magic can happen.. but lets be real! The Pirates are ahead of us and are contending. The flag is at 3/4 staff and on its way up. With that said lets take a look at the 2012 Cincinnati Reds.
Brandon Phillips* (Has option that will fully be picked up)
Other candidates: Juan Francisco, Dave Seppelt, Chris Valaika
Homer Bailey/Travis Wood/Edison Volquez
Other candidates: Jarrod Burton, Jordan Smith, Brad Boxberger
Potential Trade Chips:
Left Fielder/Power Bat
This team could and should deal so chips for needs. If not they will be forced to battle for Free Agents and we know how that typically goes. In my next post I will list the potential Free Agents for 2012.