By Stephen Igoe.

The Reds look to Brandon Phillips to continue to lead the team in a tough NL Central.

Even with the amount of injuries, the Reds finished with a respectable 76-86 mark and remained in contention until the all-star break. Getting Votto, Phillips and Bruce back to full capacity would make a gigantic difference for Cincinnati this coming season, because some other pieces are in place.

Even after trading away starter Mat Latos to clear up some payroll, The Reds have a respectable front three of Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey. The bullpen needs some work beyond Aroldis Chapman, but Cincinnati has won with this core of players before, and there’s no reason to believe it can’t once again.

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