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All Quiet on The Cincinnatian Front!!!!

The Winter Meetings have come and gone for Cincinnati, and nothing has really transpired for this city who is in dire need of a contender this year. The minor league signing of utility man Chris Burke is not really a good start. The debate rages on as to whether The red legs need to get younger or to build a contender soon. There has been several rumors flying around for example Aaron Harang to the Dodgers, Bronson Arroyo to the Mets, or Even Jay Bruce to The Rays for Carl Crawford. All of these deals are major mistakes. Aaron Harang is a workhorse who just does not see the run support a great pitcher should have, and a string of bad luck injuries have proven. Harang has the ability to be a 20-game winner any year if he just had the back-up to do it. As for Arroyo, if he can have a beginning to the season as he has at the end, he is by far a Cy Young candidate. His curve is probably one of the toughest pitches to make decent contact with and his fear he imposes on the visiting batter is something god-given. You need these two pitchers at the front of your rotation for the next year or so if you want any chance at competing for a division pennant. The Jay Bruce trade which was featured about two months ago on 700WLW would be a huge mistake. First take a look at the ages of the two compared. Bruce is still a pup waiting for his prime, and Crawford is in the middle of his prime. Sure Crawford is an excellent player, I have no knock on the guy, but why let go of your future and certainly your present with Bruce. This team needs to stay intact and you know spend a dime here or there to get a top crop of talent. (That was not a knock on Laynce Nix or Willy Taveras, Well Maybe Taveras) This team is primed to take control of the central, Dusty Baker is a genius when it comes to making the best out of so little. This is the year we return to the glory days of the big red machine. Bring on Baseball season

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