Re: Some Tough Bullpen Decisions Loom.
I feel like this season is toast, so I'm not too concerned about whether they pitch in Cincy, AAA ot AA as long as they are pitching and gaining experience. I would keep Burton in the bigs to retain him, but otherwise, I'd use Cincy as the carrot and the minors as a stick, rotating the young guys as warranted by performanc.
What bothers me more than anything are innings bring eaten by guys with little or no future. I'd dump Stanton right now (I'd rather see Shack sucking than him if it comes right down to it). I'd deal Weathers and Majeski if I could be the interleague deadline and hope I can get some decent innings from Eddie so I can possibly swing a deal for a prospect by the waiver deadline.
I would also meet with the young guys left in the Cincy, AAA & AA pens and tell them you guys are the bullpen of the future and 2008 Spring Training starts right now. There's an opening for a closer in the Reds pen and you all will be given every oportunity to fill it - May the best man win.