Cincinnati Reds' Offseason: So Far, So Good

Illya Harrell@illya_1971Analyst IINovember 9, 2009

KANSAS CITY - JUNE 12:  Pitcher Matt Maloney #56 listens to catcher Ryan Hanigan #29 of the Cincinnati Reds during the game against the Kansas City Royals on June 12, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Reds' fans should be digging the offseason so far.

First, Diamond Dick Pole was sacked—well, that was during the last week of play (the unofficial start of Reds offseason).

Anybody would be better than Pole.

While many Reds' faithful were clamoring for Ted Power or Mario Soto, Bryan Price is a swell hire.

Price is a former Coach of the Year and Pitching Coach of the Year for both the Mariners and Diamondbacks. At 47, he's got some experience, but isn't a decrepit old man with jowls.

Like Dick Pole.

Price tendered his resignation to Arizona in May of this past season after manager Bob Melvin was replaced by A.J. Hinch, a 34-year-old with zero skipper experience at any level.

Pole had been Reds' manager Dusty Baker's pitching coach at every one of his managerial posts—San Francisco, Chicago, and Cincinnati. It will be interesting to see how he treats the new blood.

More interesting will be to see how Price handles a maligned staff full of untapped promise. He'll probably get Edinson Volquez back from Tommy John surgery by August of next season, if not sooner.

It will be fun to see how he treats the healthy arms he has and what he can do with those guys. As noted earlier, anyone is better than Dick Pole.

It would be nice to see Johnny Cueto put together a full season of quality performances from the hill.

Homer Bailey made great strides last season.

Wonder if Price can turn him into the elite hurler of whom Reds' fans have been hearing tell for the past...well, seems like forever.

The Reds did not offer to renew Ramon Hernandez's contract.

Hernandez was a solid catcher last season, but he got hurt and Ryan Hanigan sort of "Wally Pipped" him.

The move made sense.

When a team, especially a small budget team, has two comparable players at the same position why would they pay a guy a lot when they can pay the other guy Major League minimum wage?

Hanigan proved durable and one of the better defensive catchers in the league.

There is not exactly a ton of noteworthy news coming off the Reds wires. These two tid-bits seem, in the words of Larry David, "pret-ty good."

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