Originally Posted by REDREAD
ok, so you cut/trade Masset, Logan, and Simon so you can have that bullpen on opening day.
Problems with that scenerio:
1. If you have a bullpen injury, no depth in the minors.
2. No option to leave Cingrani in AAA to continue work as a starter while being the bullpen depth. Hurts the future potentially.. Plus you might end up wasting a pre-arb year by pitching him roughly 60 IP out the pen as the second lefty (If the Reds still believe he's a decent starter)
3. Is Leake really that suited for the pen? Last time he was put there (after the shoplifting incident), he really did not thrive. Small sample size, but he's not exactly a power arm out of the pen either.
Most teams have worse arms than Logan and Simon filling out the end of the BP.
Overall, Logan is fine for a middle reliever. He has periods of dominance, despite the metrics.
I think the point is that Ondrusek is probably OK as an 11th or 12th man on the staff, but there are lots of guys available who would be as well. Last year the Reds found Simon for nothing and picked up Hoover in spring training. Why lock in 2 years with the guy unless he's signing for near minimum anyway?
If the Reds had to cut Ondrusek loose, I'm confident the Reds could find some one comparable on a minor league deal who would provide the depth you're talking about. If he was a lefty, I might understand this one, but as a righty, he's pretty much an interchangeable part. Why lock in?
That said, this isn't an awful move like dealing for Willy Taveras was. It just seems unnecessary. I doubt it causes any long term consequences, but I could see the team opting to keep Ondrusek over a better arm because of it.
Cingrani's development as a a starter is secondary to winning in 2013. If Cingrani can upgrade one of the pen spots from interchangeable guy to nasty weapon in 2013, I'd do it and worry about his future as a a starter another time. He can get innings in wnter ball if need be.