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Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 3

Climbing Out of the Canyon – Part 3

Onward we go in the series of season previews of the NL Central's teams. Part 1 covered the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, and Part 2 went over the Astros. Journeying down the 2006 standings, we next come to the Cincinnati Reds. Remember, I'm trying to find out if the time has come for the Bucs to climb out of the canyon: Will the 14-year-long losing streak finally be snapped?
Jerry Narron's ballclub finished the '06 campaign at 80-82, 3.5 games back of the Cards. Even with a sub-.500 record, Cincy managed to stick around for much of September. Their off-season, according to ESPN:
ADD: Alex Gonzalez, SS; Mike Stanton, RP; Jeff Keppinger, IF; Josh Hamilton, OF (Rule 5); Kirk Saarloos, SP/RP; Jeff Conine, CI/OF
DROP: Royce Clayon, SS; Rich Aurilia, IF; Brendan Harris, UT; Jason LaRue, C; Ryan Franklin, SP/RP; David Schafer, RP; Scott Schoeneweis, RP
Remaining free agents include Eddie Guardado, RP; Todd Hollandsworth, OF; Jason Johnson, SP; and Kent Mercker, RP.
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