Despite the fact that the Cincinnati Reds won 90 games and made the playoffs in 2013, the last two months haven't exactly qualified as one of the greater stretches in the history of the franchise. To painfully recount, that time frame has seen the Reds:
- swept at home by their division rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates, to end their season in 3rd place in the NL Central.
- handed defeat by those same Pirates in a slow, predictable, agonizing game in front of a rejuvenated PNC Park.
- shed themselves of manager Dusty Baker despite postseason appearances in 3 of the last 4 seasons.
- have a Qualifying Offer declined by their CF, Shin-Soo Choo, while we all have been inundated with magnanimous amount it will cost to bring him back.
- watch as Free Agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo is linked with every team under the sun except the Reds.
- sign catcher Brayan Pena, leaving writing on the wall for fan favorite and team catching stalwart Ryan Hanigan.
- sign former Cardinal and negative-WAR superstar Skip Schumaker to a puzzlingly expensive 2 year contract.
- definitively and publicly linked - by several major sources - with wanting to trade long time 2B Brandon Phillips at nearly all costs due to their inability to coexist.