2005 Record: .451 (73-89), 5th place in NL Central
2004 Record: .469 (76-86)
Who's Out: Wily Mo Pena (OF), Ramon Ortiz ( P)
Who's In: Tony Womack (INF/OF), Chris Hammond (P), Grant Balfour (P), Michael Gosling (P), Scott Hatteberg (1B), Matt Kata (INF), Bronson Arroyo (P), Jon Coutlangus (P), Rich Aurilia (SS), Ryan Freel (2B), Rick White (P)
Notes: The Reds didn’t make too many flashy moves this winter, but they have had a fairly successful spring. They had the luxury of having more worthy players than spots on their roster and got to see what some of their best minor leaguers might have to offer in the majors. With injuries to outfielders Quinton McCracken and Dewayne Wise, Chris Denorfia, Jacob Cruz, and Brian Buchanan all battled to be Cincinnati’s fourth outfielder with Denorfia’s versatility eventually winning him the spot. Spring training also allowed the Reds to see their 2006 bullpen in action with the likes of Todd Coffey, Matt Belisle and ex-Padre Chris Hammond, and new arrival Bronson Arroyo will fill out the starting pitching rotation.
Next up: Baltimore Orioles
Labels: 2006 team profiles