Originally Posted by Krusty
You forget that before the Reds signed Cordero, they couldn't find anyone to save a game. Do you really want that again if you trade Cordero? Sure his contract is huge but you weaken yourself in another area if you trade Cordero.
The Reds didn't have problems with blown saves before Cordero; they had trouble getting through the 7th and 8th innings so that David Weathers could save the game.
This is a much more talented bullpen than it ever was in the few years prior to Cordero. Yes, he helps. But you can't ignore the significant contributions of Massett, Herrera, and Rhodes, even Fisher and Burton. In 2007, the Reds pen was killed by Coffey and Stanton in particular, but also Santos, Gosling, and Saarloos.
Now that the Reds have decide to build a bullpen around talented arms, even if they're young and unproven, instead of a collection of failed starters, the closer is getting more opportunities.
Again, I like Cordero more than Weathers, to be sure. But he does not provide $10M more in production than other effective options. Trading Cordero would not commit us to a horrible bullpen.