Let’s take a look at the Reds by position group:
The starting rotation is pretty much in place:
5. Loshe, E-Z Ramirez?
I do not see this organization making any moves for starting pitching in the offseason for two reasons:
1. This is the best rotation for Cincy since maybe 1995.
2. They can’t afford to.
The Bullpen is going to need some work. Having a few of thier players healthy again will help. Also, letting Weathers and Merker walk will probably be a good thing for the club, because it will save enough money to sign THREE of these guys:
The Red’s are probably not going to have a closer next year either.
The outfield is currently occupied by Dunn, Griffey, and a Denorfia/Freel combination. The Reds are going to shop Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Junior around. I'm not sure that they will be able to obtain any productive talent for them, but the move will save money. With that money the Reds should sign one of:
Gary Matthews Jr.
I am not hopeful that Cincinnati will be able to deal either Griff or Dunn, both of whom may now be untradable.
The Infield is kind of a mess. I have not heard any speculation since season's end, but it would not suprise me to see B. Phillips as the starting shortstop.
C- Ross, LaRue, Valentin
2B - Aurilia
SS - B. Phillips
3B - Encarnacion
In a perfect world, the Reds would like to move Encarnacion to the outfield, because of his brutal plas as a third baseman last year. Their problem with doing that is that the reds already have Dunn and Griffey in the outfield. How many defensive holes can one outfield have?
This team may have to wait until some of their young talent develops in order to be a contender. This is a team with no bullpen and no team defense. Ken Griffey Junior's salary continues to handcuff this once proud franchise. The work that Dan O'Brien (Rick Apante) did as the general manager is starting to pay off. There is hope with prospects such as Homer Bailey and Joey Votto. Plus, the entire AA pitching staff put up nice numbers as a whole last season. GM Wayne Krivski's is trying to mold the team in his Twins-esque image (team speed, defense, and pitching). This is going to take a couple of years to accomplish. That should coincide nicely with getting the untradable Junior off the books.