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Can the Reds' new acquisitions help win a World Series?

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07:35 PM ET 02.17 | The Cincinnati Reds have used star second baseman Brandon Phillips in various spots in the Reds' order throughout his time with the team, as he has been seen batting lead-off or in the middle-of-the-order in Cincy. Now that the Reds have acquired Shin-Soo Choo and seem set on using him as the leadoff hitter, Reds manager Dusty Baker told MLB.com's Cincinnati Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon that he expects Phillips to bat second in the order. Here is what Baker had to say about the possible move to the No. 2 hole for the 2013 season, "If we started right now. That's way down the line. I've thought about different lineups. I'm sure I will get a lot of help." Reds' 30-year-old lefty Manny Parra inked a one-year deal with the club this offseason, but he is dealing with a minor neck injury (Sheldon wrote that it is a "sore neck"). The Reds don't want to take any chances with their new pitcher, so he is being shut down for the moment. Parra, who spent the past five seasons with the rival Milwaukee Brewers, had a 5.06 ERA in 58.2 innings last year.

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February 17, 2013  10:11 PM ET

So long as Dusty Baker is there to mismanage them, no.

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February 17, 2013  10:48 PM ET

The Reds have as good a shot as about 10 other teams. Last through the season to get a birth then get hot during the playoffs. That's the way it works with so many rounds of playoffs.

February 18, 2013  02:39 AM ET

Choo is not going to be a big deal for the reds so B.Phillip will still end up as the lead off hitter! Oh yeah N.Y. YANKEES!

February 18, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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So long as Dusty Baker is there to mismanage them, no.

So how did Dusty mismanage them last summer when Votto was out for 6 weeks?

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February 18, 2013  12:04 PM ET
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Reds are going to be pretty damn good.

either play agressively or passively,but one or other the reds should pull a leg,1 and 2 respectable things could workout in the reds favor,,,

February 18, 2013  01:44 PM ET

The Reds had the second best record in Baseball Last Year, I don't see them any weaker!

 
February 18, 2013  05:55 PM ET

MLB the last two seasons is looking like hockey, just get in and get hot and see what happens.

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