Good afternoon Redszone. It's good to join the forum. While 2011 was a disappointing year for the Reds results wise there were a few bright spots IMO. The development of Cueto, Leake, Bruce, & Alonso were all positive results from the year. However, the key issue going forward is what to do with Brandon Philips. I may be in the minority but I don't like the idea of extending Philips this off-season. I think it would benefit the Reds to simply pick up his option for now and see how he performs in 2011.
By not extending BP now it gives the Reds another year to evaluate the skills of Cozart and Billy Hamilton. If Cozart and Hamilton both continue to develop next year they could be cost effective middle infield solutions for 2013 when the 12-15 million BP would be paid could be used for pitching or a Votto extension. Plus it would guarantee his motivation for next year to perform at his best to get that last big contract.
What are you thoughts?