Originally Posted by RedEye
My hunch is that prior to throwing away an additional $21 million on Broxton, Marshall and Hoover were already equal if not better candidates for the closer position on the roster -- and the team threw away some money for a clichéd "need" that was greatly exaggerated.
I guess I disagree with this.
Where would've been a better place to spend Broxton's money?
I think we needed another top end arm in the bullpen, especially with Chapman planned to start. Even if you make Hoover the closer, you'd need to add a reliable BP arm.
In fact, I'd argue the Reds still need to add a good LH reliever too.
Going into the offseason, the Reds needs were LF, CF, 2 bench infielders, and bullpen.
Since they were able to address them all (except maybe one more LH reliever), I guess I would say the Broxton's salary was not an issue.
Or maybe you like Broxton, but at a lower price? Like if they could get Broxton for 3-5 million, would you like the move then?