Originally Posted by Javy Pornstache
I liked Coutlangus as well, and could perhaps see Koplove coming in with the hiring of Bryan Price. Koplove had that awesome sidewinding style of our old pal Scott Sullivan if I remember correctly. Definitely would like the return of Smit, and perhaps Cumberland.
Scott Sullivan, now there's a Reds reliever who was awesome -- an equal to the Nasty Boys, if you ask me, but he never got the credit he was due because he had to operate solo without the cavalry all around him coming to the rescue.
Koplove's style mirrors Sullivan's, but the question mark remains: Is he as elastic? Worth pairing him up with Price again to see, especially because Koplove's banner years (2001-2005) occurred in Arizona under Price's watch.
Every bullpen needs a trick pitcher or two, someone whose trick is unique enough to startle batters. We've already got Herrera and his trick is good, but only within clearly defined limits. He got used a bit too much in 2009.
Koplove's got a different trick, and he could be as effective, but probably only if used sparingly. He differs from Sullivan in that respect. That's why, while I wouldn't hesitate to sign him as a spring training walk-on, we should think twice before giving him any extended deal like Lincoln got.