Originally Posted by RedEye
I guess what we are circling back to here are the questions of whether Broxton is actually that dependable. Marshall, I think, had a darn good track record coming in, and the sort of longevity that merits a little extra moola. Broxton's numbers have been, well, more volatile over the past few years due to injury and ineffectiveness. Not sure whether he's worth a $21 million bet... and trying out Marshall or Hoover in the role makes more sense to me.
Well, that's a fair comment... I guess when I see what the price has been for some other relievers, I'm really happy with Broxton.
Is Marshall a better pitcher overall? Yes, I agree. But it's nice to have the luxury to keep him in the setup role. I have high hopes for Hoover, but I don't want to lack of BP depth to sink us in 2013. I guess I am ok with some slight overpayments. I mean, the same arguement could be made that the Reds "should" be able to find a passable LF for less money than Ludwick.
In the end, 2013 is about winning, not getting bang for the buck and I'm thankful Walt was able to fit Ludwick, Hannaran, Broxton and Choo in.
Maybe that costs us the 2nd LH reliever? I guess I don't really see any other physical cost to his (Although I guess it's feasible to say maybe we could've held on to Didi and addressed CF another way if we didn't pay those guys).
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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