Roster prediction (update version)
This could influence debate on the roster previously: Lynn Henning of the Detroit News wrote a column about the Tigers looking for a left-handed reliever. He said in part, "The Reds will no doubt take calls concerning Rheal Cormier, who next month turns 40. Whether the Tigers are interested, or are inclined to part with Cincinnati's asking price, are open questions."
I had to do a projected roster and starting lineup for a notes network, here it is:
Ryan Freel CF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Ken GriffeyJr. RF
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Scott Hatteberg/Jeff Conine 1B
Alex Gonzalez SS
David Ross C
Rotation: Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Eric Milton, Kyle Lohse, Matt Belisle
Bullpen: Dustin Hermanson, David Weathers, Mike Stanton, Bill Bray, Todd Coffey, Rheal Cormier, Kirk Saarloos
Unless they DL or trade someone to get Jared Burton on.
Extras: Javy Valentin, Chris Denorfia, Juan Castro, Josh Hamilton
Also: Baseball America's next issue will rate the Reds' system 12th best in baseball, up from 26th a year ago.