Originally Posted by cinreds21
If Chapman does go into the rotation and the Reds don't sign a set-in-stone closer, I'd expect Masset to get the first nod at the ninth inning. However, I don't think he'll fulfill that role the entire year.
The way Masset has pitched this year, it is hard to believe the Reds would let him close games next year.
IMO the Reds need to re-stock the bullpen. Ondrusek, Bray, and Masset have been poor in the second half.
Some folks attribute this to overuse early in the season. I don't necessarily agree. Sometimes relievers burn themselves out pretty quickly.
Even if the Reds keep all these guys, they need some new relievers for late in games.
Right now, Arredondo and Lecure are the most effective guys in this pen. I don't know why we should expect the others to be good again in April, frankly.