Based on my hotstove preview, here is the new (and improved?) 25-man roster:
C J.R. Towels, Hanigan
1B Votto, Richie Sexson
2B BP, Castillo
3B EE, Rosales
SS Keppy, Richar
LF Juan Rivera
CF Freel, Hopper
SP Harang, Arroyo, Volquez, Cueto, Randy Johnson
RP Cordero, Owings, Burton, Bray, Majewski, rule 5 draftee
Line-up v. RHP:
Line-up v. LHP:
Here were some of my assumptions: 1) A-Gon either isn't healthy, or proves healthy in spring training and gets traded (maybe in a package for a catcher); 2) Sexson doesn't blow during his NRI spring training audition; 3)Reds draft a LOOGY in the rule 5 draft; 4) The Reds trade Dickerson as part of the Towels deal; 5) The Reds don't trade for Dye; and 6) Stubbs starts in AAA but is up by May 1 to take Freel's spot.
What do you guys think? Can that roster win? I actually like the pitching staff more than the line-up. Hey, I thought we had too many lefties. I may have to reevaluate that as that's a lot of righties in there against RHP's. I think a post is in order on where we can find another lefty.