The Cincinnati Reds are less than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona in preparation for the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
Will they have a designated hitter? No idea!
Will they play 162 games, or anything close? Who the hell knows!
How many teams will actually make the 2021 MLB playoffs? Zero clue!
Perhaps it’s that uncertainty that has fueled their lethargic offseason. Or, more likely, it’s the willingness to prioritize financial bottom-lines over winning baseball, but it’s hard to deny that the roster at the moment is diminished from where they were just one year ago today.
They’ve got a glaring hole at shortstop, for one. Their rotation lost a Cy Young Award winner, and the back of their bullpen was culled to save some coin. There is still some good talent on the Reds roster, to be sure, but it’s hard to truly feel like the 2021 season has been a priority for the team’s ownership group, something that’s simply exhausting given how little success the club has had while under their control.
Anyway, we dusted off the Red Reporter Podcast to discuss what has, and has not gone down for the Reds since the end of the 2020 season, and you can listen by smashing that big orange play button below. If you landed on this page via a search engine that stripped out that embedded code, you can find the audio by clicking this here link.