Re: 25 man roster concerns....
Much more important, IMO, than the Dickerson/Hanigan question is WJ's use of the remainder of the season--both here and in Louisville--to evaluate how to construct next year's bullpen. The priority now should be to build on what we have that is strong--the pitching staff--recognizing that apart from Bruce and Votto the position players are hardly worth getting attached to and can be replaced (roughly) without a lot of trouble. (This assumes Dunn's money puts him out of the question for a team needing that money to cover several eventualities.) As to the bullpen, clearly Cordero and Burton will be back, and Bray, though I think he's overrated, probably also. Weathers, Affeldt, Belisle, Coffey, Majewski will likely be gone. So we need to know: 1. What's Masset's role; 2. What can we count on--and when--from Roenicke? 3. Ditto for Pelland and Herrerra. 4. What can we count on--and when--from Watson, Fisher, Manuel, Ramirez? 5.Same for Viola, with question for him about role--reliever or starter?
The goal is the bullpen for 2010, which I hope will look like Cordero, Burton, Roenicke, Watson, Viola (if he stays in relief role), and maybe even Stewart--with one of the others or someone brought in. Another tough, experienced reliever--like Street or Sherrill--would make a lot of sense to help get us there and provide experience for this group.