John Fay seems to think so:

I’m about to write my year in review for Baseball America, so I was kind going back over the year in my head. It was a lot like the previous seven years. The Reds came in with high hopes, looked good at times but were pretty much out of it by the time summer started.

But the status quo changed over the that 11-day period in which Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn were traded. In those two moves, the Reds said they were embracing the youth movement. I think fans for the most part bought into it and saw it as a step in the right direction.

What do you think? Are the Reds headed in the right direction?

I hesitate even to answer that question. I’ve tried to be optimistic over the last seven years, and before each season, I would have probably said the Reds were headed in the right direction. I wasn’t right a single time, I guess.

This team has been spiralling downward for the last decade. Is there any reason to believe that the Reds are finally moving in the right direction? Or are we just deluding ourselves to believe that the losing days are about to end?