The criticism of the Cincinnati Reds has been that they haven't entered a full rebuild, but Walt Jocketty insists that is the team's preference.
"I think we're going to be a very good ball club this year," Jocketty said. "I think we're going to surprise some people, especially if we can (fortify) our bullpen, make some moves at the end of camp or during the season to strengthen that."
Brandon Phillips rejected two different trades and Jay Bruce was on his way to the Toronto Blue Jays before the three-team deal fell apart due to medical records.
Still, in the past 16 months, the Reds have traded Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Marlon Byrd, Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman.
"We didn't want to take it back too far. Devin Mesoraco is still young (27) and under control. Same with Billy. We didn't want to do a complete teardown and rebuild. This was more of a transition and an attempt to retool and add to what we have," Jocketty said.
"We still feel we have a very good everyday lineup, without Frazier. (Eugenio) Suarez, I think, is going to have a very good year (at third) -- we like him a lot. Getting (shortstop Zack) Cozart and Mesoraco back will make a huge difference in our offense. A lot depends upon Billy and his ability to get on base and do the things he's capable of doing."