Next Steps: Complete Offseason Guide, Predictions for the Cincinnati Reds

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Next Steps: Complete Offseason Guide, Predictions for the Cincinnati Reds
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Choo's asking price is expected to exceed $100 million in free agency.

An early exit from the playoffs after Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh in the NL Wild Card Game could raise several questions in Cincinnati, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Is manager Dusty Baker's job on the line? Was the team's six-game losing streak to end the season reason enough to eat the remaining $4 million due on his contract and go in another direction? Will pitching coach Bryan Price leave to become the manager of the Seattle Mariners

The biggest task is how to fix an inconsistent offense that could lose one of its most productive hitters, Shin-Soo Choo, to free agency. And even if the Reds pay up to keep him, he might not be enough to push them past the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. 

If there's not a complete roster overhaul by general manager Walt Jocketty, the Reds will need several hitters to bounce back and the pitching staff to have a healthy season if they're to compete for a playoff spot again. No. 1 starter Johnny Cueto had three separate stints on the disabled list, while setup men Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall missed a majority of the season with injuries. 

Here's everything you'll need to know before Jocketty and the front office get started. 

 

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