Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
I don't like Marshall as a closer. I like the fact that he can come in and give you more than one inning at a time. He has really been among the best in the game in that role- he gives us some versatility that closers don't.
Having said that, I don't want Cordero back, even if it's for free.
The k rate is down, and while I like the closing percentage, I'm more of a process guy than a results one. And his process numbers are not pretty.
Bolded for truth. Marshall stays a set up guy, then he is coming into the the 7th, with 2 outs and 2 on, in a 1 run game against the heart of the order, ending the threat, and touching of the 8th for good measure. Put him in the closers roll and he is facing the 6-7-8 hitters with no one on. I'm firmly entrenched in the best reliever in the pen pitches the big situation bandwagon, and not just because its the 9th.
Cordero: Washed Up.
2012 appears to be the year he jumps the shark. Precipitous fall on all rate stats that have a chance at predicting and coming off a ridiculous season offering daily cigars and rum to Jobu, won't last.
Ryan Madson could be the piece that turns the 2012 bullpen into a strength. However, I hope WJ does not sign him to a multiyear deal. Meaning, I hope he doesn't sign him. The real core of the team is sprinting to pay raises and the money can be spent locking our guys up or possibly resigning Mr. Votto. Throw an extra 9million a year into the offer to Votto and things could change dramatically. Maybe Brackman works out, Masset stops buckling, LeCure proves he's legit, Arredondo returns to form, minor leaguer steps up, etc etc, the closer only pitches 60 something innings and have a much smaller impact on the season than the Reds positional players/possible upgrades in the field.