I was looking at Baseball Almanacs rosters for the past decade just for f un and I started an all decade Reds team - here were my limits: A 15 man roster of All Decade Players. 8 starters 1 at each position, a LH and RH starter and a closer. Then 2 position subs - the best of the rest at any position left off the starting list, and the same for 2 pitchers/relievers or starters - the best remaining. The years I limited it to were 2001 through 2010.
LHSP - nothing but nothing here so Eric Milton wins by default. The Reds were absolutely horrible the past decade at lefty starters. Bruce Chen was here one year but he was used solely in relief so I can really count him.
RHSP - Johnny Cueto. Harang was a close second but Johnny is better.
Closer - Cordero. Weathers over Graves as the runners up.
Catcher - LaRue. Jason has to be the catcher of the decade for the Reds but that's not saying a lot.
1B - Joey Votto hands down.
2B - Brandon Phillips - again no one else close.
SS - Barry Larkin 2001 to 2004 at the end, out of his prime still better than anyone else we saw in the decade even comparing him as he was at 40 not looking back.
3B - Scott Rolen - I gave him the nod for his 1 and a half years at the end of the decade over Encarnacion and Boonie. IMO, there was no title in 2010 without him. That's enough to get him the nod.
CF - Junior. Despite being hurt and at the end he was still better than anyone else on the Reds until his last two years when he really faded.
RF - Bruce. Had Hamilton played even two years instead of just one he'd have gotten the nod here.
LF - Dunn. I don't care about his collapse with the Chisox, while here he was an on base machine who slugged homers.
I picked Hamilton and Sean Casey as the two position players who were the best players left off the list and Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo as the best pitchers left off to round out my 15 player All Decade Reds Team.
Players I considered and didn't pick included pitchers Ryan Dempster, Lohse, Graves, Scott Williamson, Scott Sullivan, Pete Harnisch, Gabe White and Denny Reyes and position players like Deion Sanders, Drew Stubbs, Ryan Hanigan, Ramon Hernandez, Felipe Lopez, Scott Hatteberg, Juan Encarnacion, Norris Hopper, Aaron Boone and Alex Gonzalez.
When I look at the this team and look at the 2012 Reds - well I think the 2012 Reds could probably beat the all Decade team and that's pretty sad. I'm glad to see the end of that period of futility and a new decade ahead of us!