Originally Posted by Kc61
Madson and Soria both are coming off Tommy John surgery. Neither has pitched in a game since the surgery. Soria likely won't even be available until May at the earliest.
And your bullpen also has Masset who missed the entire 2012 season with injury, after a weak 2011.
I'm not entrusting a contending ballclub to such a bullpen. Maybe one injury rehab guy in middle relief. But not my closer and righty set up man.
I trust Hoover as more of the RH-setup guy than Masset.
Add in LeCure and Marshall (as well as one of the FA acquisitions), and you leave two spots to:
Arredondo/Simon/Masset/Ondrusek/some other cheap acquisition (and/or possibly Cingrani)
I think it's a fairly safe bet that two guys can emerge from that bunch to be dependable relievers. Arredondo and Simon were certainly dependable relievers this year, so just pencil in those two if you don't trust Masset.
As far as the closer goes, you could always try Hoover or Marshall if they can't return to form. I still think that leaves us with as good of a bullpen as any team out there, but of course you value bullpen higher than I do.