From The Sporting News Daily.

Some “interesting” info (like saying Jacque Jones should make the team), but their summary is that the Reds are a year away from contending.

4 Responses

  1. Glenn

    Interesting that they have Homer picking up that #5 starter spot. Owings might have something to say about that.

  2. Chad Dotson

    I agree with the prediction, though:

    “This is a young, up-and-coming team — but it’s about a year away from serious contention. A jump to third place in the N.L. Central is within reach in 2009.”

    Yes, I’m fairly pessimistic about 2009…but I’m VERY bullish on 2010 and beyond. This time next year, I expect to be twice as excited as I am now.

  3. nycredsfan

    I agree with most of the report, especially that they are a year away from contending.

    Definitely Jones shouldn’t make the team, but I’m not surprised they slot Hairston as the LF. If AGon is healthy, you’d assume a guy you re-signed in the offseason for $2 mil+ would be considered as much as an almost 27 year old rookie. I’m not saying he should be the starting LF, but from the outside that seems like a logical perspective. Hopefully Dickerson/Gomes push him out of that spot and Hairston is no more than a superutility guy.

  4. Mark in CC

    This is a better team if Hairston and Keppinger start 3 or 4 times a week off the bench.

    I think this prediction is the same one they gave the Rays last year.