Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Arroyo, Leake to start the season
Broxton, Marshall, LeCure, Masset, Ondrusek, Hoover and one of Simon/Arredondo/etc. (I let ST sort out the back of the pen)
Chapman starts the season in AAA starting. Once ready, he comes up and Leake goes down. Once Chapman nears his innings limit (or just to limit his innings), bring up Leake as needed...rinse and repeat.
If Masset isn't ready, he goes to the DL and one of the other RP options comes up.
I really don't see why this is so complicated.
Because it will be Broxton, Marshall, Ondrusek, Arredondo, Masset, Lecure and Leake in the pen unless some one is hurt. They may send Leake down to start (with a $3 Million salary) and keep Simon. Hard to see Hoover or Cingrani, who IMO are two of the top seven arms, making the opening day roster. The lack of a second lefty makes Arredondo a lock IMO. Masset is making $3.1 Million. Leake will be making around $3 Million. Simon and Ondrusek will be making around $900K each.
Leake won't be able to be sent down without clearing waivers after his option clock expires in Mid-April or so. Pretty sure Arredondo ($1.2 million guarantee) can't be sent down without waivers either. Not sure on Ondrusek's status. Simon is out of options. The Reds should have cut Ondrusek loose and signed another 11th or 12th man type to a minor league deal. A lefty would have been a better fit, but there are a lot of righties out there who are better too.