CINCINNATI - Same starting five in the rotation. Same back end of the bullpen. Same starting lineup, except for one spot.
On the surface, not much has changed with the Cincinnati Reds, and that's exactly how they wanted it.
The National League Central division champions have brought their team back virtually intact for another run at their elusive goal.
Another division title is only an initial goal for a team that won 97 games last season. They're looking way beyond that first champagne celebration.
Instead, they've got their eye on late October.
"I want to get to the next round of the playoffs," second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "I want to start there. Of course the goal every year is to win the ring, but I feel like you've got to take steps."
The Reds have taken huge steps in the last five years, reconfiguring themselves from perennial also-ran to consistent playoff contender.
They went nine years without so much as a winning record, and 15 years between playoff appearances before winning the division as an up-and-coming team in 2010.
They got swept in the playoffs by the Phillies that season, then slipped the following year under a lot of injuries.
They were back on top last season with a team built for long-term success, but fell in the first round of the playoffs again, this time to the Giants in five games.
Everything about the offseason has gone into giving them a better chance to not only reach the playoffs, but to keep going.
"We're a team that's built for now," general manager Walk Jocketty said. "We're built to win now."
They think some modest lineup tweaking could make them a bit better.
One of their biggest weaknesses for years has been the lack of a leadoff hitter, which forced Manager Dusty Baker to use Phillips and others in the top spot.
They got Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians to replace Drew Stubbs, who struck out too much to be effective. Choo could be a short-term fix, with Billy Hamilton - who set a minor league record with 155 steals last season - playing center field and batting leadoff for Triple-A Louisville this season.