With the 2013 season in the past, the Cincinnati Reds are processing some of their off season personnel changes.
Shin-Soo Choo was let go as a free agent and signed to the Texas Rangers for this upcoming season, making a large concern for the Reds whether or not the 23-year-old Billy Hamilton can step up and show strength in the major leagues. His minor league speed is impressive, and the Reds are hopeful that he will be able to replace 31-year-old Choo’s speed.
Bryan Price, the pitching coach, replaces Dusty Baker, after six years of his management, when promoted to team manager. The Reds hope that this change will be what the team needs to get past the NL Central playoffs and into the NLCS round.
Cincinnati, a force when it comes to the NL Central, usually battles the Cardinals for first. The Pittsburg Pirates showed their unexpected strength against the reads during the 2013 post season for the first time. For the 2014 season, the Reds are hoping that the Pirates strength has diminished since the previous post season. Otherwise, the Reds are in for some unforeseen competition.