I saw Eddie mention Charlie Metro in the closed "all-time Royals" thread, and wanted to bring this up. I also got a chance to meet Metro in the summer of 1995 for my Baseball History class. I had the closest guess to his career batting average, and he was nice enough to reward me with his tickets to any Rockies' game of my choosing.
Anyways, among the stories he told was an interesting job offer he received from the Reds. Apparently, the Reds offered him the managerial job, but he was already committed. The Reds then asked him if he had any recommendations. Metro recommended a guy named... Sparky Anderson.
They might take a step back in hitting but if they get Foulke, along with already having Schilling, they take about 3 steps forward in the pitching department. That should be at least good for the same amount of wins as last year.