Reds are a tease, I was listening to Lance McAllister talk about what a scout friend of his told him, which was the Reds are a tease. One week we talk about getting rid of a player and the next they are the hero of the game. They are inconsistent; too many things have to go exactly right for them to win. I’ve been thinking this since the playoff loss. The Reds can be contenders, they might make the playoffs but there’s no way they can beat the best teams in the playoffs consistently enough to make it very far. Some things have changed this season to give me hope, but I wonder if it’s all a tease. As we’ve learned from watching the Cards, the regular season doesn’t matter much, as long as you keep it close and get hot at the end of the year. So the rash of injuries is a concern, but, it helps this team get stronger. We can make the assumption starting pitching should be as good or better all season. Bull pen should get better. Catcher position is solid, if not amazing. The rest of the team, we still need more. There’s no reason to believe that hitting will improve consistently over the rest of the season. Maybe it will, but this team is just short of a great at bat or 2 very good ones.
Buy - I see what my starting pitching has been doing, I would spend the extra cash, package some players together to upgrade the hitting to win now. They have several spots they can upgrade so we aren’t just limited to LF if they are creative.
Sell - Trade away the players you can’t afford to keep and/or who won’t be here in 2 years. Imagine what they could get for Cueto and Simon. They’d pretty much have to give Phillips away unless he goes on a hot streak. Pena might be worth something. Decide if Votto is worth his salary and/or if you can get enough value from him in a trade. Chapman if he comes back healthy could also fetch a nice return. Imagine if you could get a new 1B, 2B, LF combination that could hit 2,3,4 in the lineup. Latos, Bailey, Leake, Cingrani, and Stephenson would be your future starters and suddenly this team is no longer a tease.