As unfortunate as it is the Cincinnati Reds season came to an end last night in the playoffs. Most of the team is still under control for 2014, but there are two key cogs to the 2013 Reds team that won 90 games that will be free agents. Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo will both be hitting the market. While the Reds have an in house option that theoretically should be able to replace most of what Arroyo brought with Tony Cingrani, replacing Shin-Soo Choo isn’t as easy from an offensive standpoint. Choo added a second elite level on-base threat to the Reds lineup that only had three hitters in the lineup with an on-base percentage or .315 or higher. The plan for 2014 has to at least consider Billy Hamilton to take over in center field. While his overall numbers in AAA look iffy at best, he did perform better in the second half and in very limited at bats with the Reds, he didn’t look bad at all.
Offensively, the Reds were still below-average, posting a 96 OPS+ in 2013 with only three players with an OPS+ over 100 (league average) and one of them is very likely to be leaving. The pitching staff posted an ERA+ of 113, with all six starters being above 100 (league average). Everyone in the bullpen who threw more than 40 innings except for Logan Ondrusek was also above 100 in ERA+ as well.
With all of that said, what would be your plan for the Cincinnati Reds during offseason?