For those that liked most of what the Cincinnati Reds did during the 2013 season, you might not want to look at what their trend is for the upcoming off-season. Dusty Baker is already gone as manager and they are planning to rid themselves of Brandon Phillips and his 100+ RBI. Shin-Soo Choo will probably go elsewhere during free agency and Bronson Arroyo doesn’t expect the Reds to sign him either. For a team that was one win away from the NLDS, the Reds sure are going through a ton of changes.
Not all of the changes are bad or possibly negative though. Baker is one of the more respected managers in the league and was well liked by his players, but sometimes a respected change at manager can be a good thing. It is possible. Billy Hamilton will be a ton of fun to watch as a likely replacement for Choo. Second base is going to be a bit of a mystery if they do trade Phillips. I do not think there will be another second baseman that can do what he can offensively.
The pitching staff will have a couple of holes that could either be filled superbly by young stars or be lacking severely for the same reason. All things considered, the familiar members of the team like Jay Bruce and Joey Votto really need to come to the 2014 season with guns blazing. There is no guarantee that they will be better or worse off than they were in 2013 but it should be extremely interesting to watch develop.