It has been an extremely quiet offseason for the entire NL Central. However, no team in the highly-competitive division has been more incognito than the Cincinnati Reds. In fact, many MLB pundits believe the Reds took a major step backward by not making at least one high-profile free agent signing this winter. Thankfully, the one thing Cincinnati does have going in its favor is the fact that the Reds are a particularly young team with plenty of youthful talent across the diamond.
Moreover, the Reds’ starting rotation is specifically going to be full of question marks in 2014. Of course, the always stable Bronson Arroyo is now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the latest update on the 26-year-old Mat Latos isn’t exactly positive.
In fact, Latos underwent surgery to remove a few bone chips back in October and now the athletic starter is set to miss at least 10 days to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. First-year manager Bryan Price will have plenty of decisions to make if Latos is forced to miss anytime this year. Furthermore, Cincinnati’s quiet offseason really hurts the Reds here considering the team’s depth remains poor.
At the end of the day, Latos could be roaring and ready to go come April, but the Reds would be best off preparing for the worst when it comes to arguably their best starting pitcher.