Originally posted on Clubhouse GM  |  Last updated 1/16/12


2011 In A Nutshell In my mind, 2011 was a major disappointment for the Reds.This was a team to win, and win now. Their window is closing pretty steadily.Anyhow, winning around 79 games the past 2 years is not what they expected withthis roster that’s full of potential…potential that never seemed to fully panout. Votto, Bruce, and Phillips produced last year, but Stubbs and Chapmanregressed along with “future ace” Volquez. Rolen looked very old/hurt all of2011, and the gaping holes in Left/SS were hard to overcome. This team left abad taste in my mouth, and a little confused.
2012 Predication They should be better. I feel like I’ve been saying thatsince Pete Rose was running over catchers. They know what they’ll get out ofBruce, Votto, and Phillips, their core. If Stubbs, Cozart, and Mesoraco canstep up and lock down CF, SS, and Catcher, respectively, that’ll really liftthis team to the next level. There’s still that Zombie at 3B that goes by thename of Scott Rolen, but what can ya do?! As for the trades…hey, can’t win emall, but in the end, they netted a high-end talent that gives them a potentialace. I feel with Latos, Cueto, Bailey, Leake, and Arroyo, they have a solidstaff that can really do some damage in the “weak” NL Central. As it sits, Marshall is there closer.They really need to re-sign Cordero to give some depth to that bullpen. I don’tthink the Reds can compete with St. Louis for the NL Central crown, but they certainlyhave the talent to. Also. What are they going to do with Chapman andleft-field? I think they transition Chapman into a 6th starter, andadded a platoon made to match with Heisey. Ibanez?

2012 Projected Lineup C-R.Haningan/D.Mesoraco: 3 yr/$4M (11-13) / Rookie Contract 1B-Joey Votto: 3 yr/$38M (11-13) 2B-B.Phillips: 4 yr/$27M (08-11)+12 cl opt 3B-S.Rolen:2 yr/$13mil (11-12) SS-Z.Cozart:Rookie Contract LF-C.Heisey: Rookie Contract CF-D.Stubbs:Arbitration

RF-J.Bruce:6 yr/$51M (11-16)


Rotation

1. J.Cueto: 4 yr/$27M (11-14)

2. M.Latos: Rookie Contract

3. B. Arroyo: 3 yr/$35M (11-13) 4. H. Bailey: Arbitration 5. M. Leake: Rookie Contract 6. A. Chapman: 6 yr/$30.25M (10-15) CL-Ryan Madson: 1 yr/$8.5mil (12)
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