Originally Posted by Kc61
I know watching players and pitchers don't mean anything around here, it's a debate about stats.
But I don't have confidence in the 2012 Broxton as a closer. Just seemed too hittable. Now, Brox was still coming off injury - by next year he may be all the way back - but with your bullpen I'd rather have Hoover close.
Mth's bullpen needs another good late inning reliever IMO.
Brox, Hoover, Marshall, and X for the late innings.
Lecure, Leake, and Cingrani for long and middle innings.
If X is somebody solid who can close, I'm ok with it.
Of course, Masset is signed for next year so he may be in the mix if healthy enough.
In any event, my guess is Simon will be back, whether he is on our lists or not.
That's as good a bullpen as there is in baseball, definitely good enough to contend. There's a good chance someone will raise up to be the closer. If not, the Reds have the resources to get one mid season. As Brutus pointed out, many contending teams have entered the season without a defined closer, and found one at some point in the season.