The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo recently penned a great piece which he highlights the 10 most impressive major league rosters heading into 2013. The Washington Nationals top the list, and even the Kansas City Royals make an appearance at No. 10, but the Reds come in ranked No. 2 in Cafardo's rankings.
Here's an excerpt of what he had to say about the reigning NL Central champs:
2. Cincinnati Reds — There are five solid starting pitchers, and Aroldis Chapman has the potential to be as lights-out as a starter as he was a closer. The bullpen remains solid, though Jonathan Broxton takes over as the closer and must show consistency. With the addition of Shin-Soo Choo as leadoff hitter, the lineup is even better, with Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Ryan Hanigan, and Zack Cozart.
Who would have thought that Cincinnati and Washington would boast, what many consider to be the most potent rosters, as recently as four years ago? Well, they apparently do and for good reason.
Both clubs finished with more wins than any other team in baseball last year and both possess a plethora of budding young talent. And while talent doesn't always ensure championships, *cough* New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels *cough*, it does certainly help. We shall see how much success this talented roster brings soon enough.
Cafardo also wrote a nice segment on retiring outfielder Hideki Matsui, as well as some other baseball-related nuggets. Check it out if you have the chance.