Predicting What the Cincinnati Reds' Starting Lineup Will Look Like Next Year

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Predicting What the Cincinnati Reds' Starting Lineup Will Look Like Next Year
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The Cincinnati Reds appear to be running on all cylinders toward their first possible back-to-back postseason appearances since 1975-76, per Baseball-Reference.com.

Even though Ryan Ludwick was injured on Opening Day, the Reds have counted on new additions to the team this season.

Shin-Soo Choo has been a major help with his NL second-best .415 OBP. His ability—along with that of Joey Votto—to get on base has given Brandon Phillips 134 at-bats and a .366 average this season with runners in scoring position.

However, if we play the prediction game and look ahead, Choo likely won't be on the roster in 2014. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer speculated that it might take something along the lines of four years and $60 million to sign Choo.

The Reds would have to get awfully creative with their spending since they’re already over $100 million for 2013, per CBSSports.com.

Without overshadowing this great 2013 season or becoming too caught up with 2014, let’s take a look at the possible starting lineup for next season.

 

All statistics are courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.

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