The Cincinnati Reds have plenty of work to do if they want to make it back to the playoffs in 2014. That work could get harder depending on if certain top-notch players are traded or leave the team via free agency. However, the Reds understand that they must put together a solid coaching staff for new manager Bryan Price before they can focus on improving the roster.
“We’ll talk about the team and some of the plans,” Reds general manager Walk Jocketty said, according to Reds.com. “Ideally, what I’d like to do is get his coaching staff together. Maybe some time before the Winter Meetings, we’ll get together with Bryan and his staff and my staff and organize a process for the offseason. He’ll have a lot of input.”
The good news is Price, the pitching coach turned manager this offseason, will have plenty of great ideas on how to upgrade the roster. With that being said, he can only do so much as of right now.The reason for that is because there is a good chance Cincinnati will be unable to retain star outfielder Shin-Soo Choo in free agency. Not to mention, rumors continue to heat up regarding the fate of Brandon Phillips and if he will even be on the team next season.
Once the coaching staff is confirmed and the right people are in place, everyone can work together to figure out how to tweak the talented roster in order to ensure a playoff berth in 2014.