Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/22/14
In a parallel universe, Scott Rolen makes a good throw to Joey Votto in the top of the tenth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS, the Reds sweep the Giants, and go on to win their first World Series since 1990. Really, it's possible that Rolen's bad throw is all that really separated the Reds from a World Championship. The Reds were a really good team in 2012, they won a lot of games, and the ended up losing to the eventual World Champions by a narrow margin. So how do the Reds get back in 2013? Needs The Reds were a pretty complete team in 2012, and all of the main pieces will be back in place in 2013. They're going to lose Scott Rolen, Ryan Ludwick, Jonathan Broxton, and probably Ryan Madson (it's easy to forget Madson is a Red; they have a mutual option on him after he lost the entire 2012 season to Tommy John surgery) to free agency. The biggest concern from that group is Ludwick, who revitalized his career in Cincy in 2012 with a .275/.346/.531, 26 homer campaign...
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