The Cincinnati Reds have been named the 2012 organization of the year by Baseball America.
According to J.J. Cooper, writer for Baseball America, the Reds have been named organization of the year due to the organization's ability to build a winner through scouting and player development as well as the team's sustainable success in recent years.
Jocketty doesn't face many difficult decisions this offseason. After signing Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips to long-term extensions in 2012, the only holes heading into the offseason are in left field and possibly closer if the club decides to move Chapman to the rotation. If Chapman does move to the rotation, the club is facing the desirable problem of having six big league starters vying for five spots
The biggest need is for a leadoff hitter, but the team's best prospect, center fielder Billy Hamilton, is arguably the best leadoff prospect in the game. He set a professional baseball record with 155 stolen bases in 2012.For many Reds fans, this is as close to the glory years as they have ever seen, even without a playoff series win. If you're a Reds fan under the age of 45, the Big Red Machine is something you read about, not something you likely remember firsthand. If you're a Reds fan under the age of 30, the heroics of Jose Rijo, Barry Larkin and the 1990 World Series champions are not even a memory.
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