Wednesday, March 19, 2008

'08 RAPs: Cincinatti Reds

I love what the Reds have done this off-season. They were able to bolster their pitching staff without giving up Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, or any other prospects. The Reds are once again contenders in the NL Central.
Here are the Reds off-season moves:
-Signed pitcher Francisco Cordero to a four-year deal.
-Signed pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to a one-year deal.
-Signed pitcher Josh Fogg to a one-year deal.
-Signed outfielder Corey Patterson to a one-year deal.
-Signed infielder Jerry Hairston Jr to a minor league deal.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Aaron Harang
SP2: Bronson Arroyo
SP3/4/5: Homer Bailey/Matt Belisle/Johnny Cueto/Edison Volquez
CL: Francisco Cordero
SUM: David Weathers

C: David Ross/Javier Valentin
1B: Joey Votto/Scott Hatteberg
2B: Brandon Philips
SS: Alex Gonzalez
3B: Ryan Freel/Edwin Encarnacion
LF: Adam Dunn
CF: Corey Patterson/Ryan Freel
RF: Ken Griffey Jr.

Easiest- The Reds will not make the playoffs.
Boldest- The Reds will finish second in the NL Central.
Team MVP/Best Season- Adam Dunn (45-50 HRs, 110-120 RBI, under 200 Ks)
Best Pitcher/Breakout Player- Homer Bailey (12-15 wins, sub-4 ERA

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