Originally Posted by dougdirt
Only Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman were worth more than 1 win from the Reds bullpen last year. Marshall wasn't worth 2 wins. Scott Rolen, Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisey were all worth more than every individual reliever on our team except Marshall and Chapman for the Reds. Broxton was worth a total of 1.3 wins, which is what Stubbs was worth.
Point being, when you can play quality defense, especially up the middle, you don't need to hit hardly at all, or even play full time (Heisey) in order to be more valuable than 80% of the relievers out there.
And for the record, Cingrani actually stinks against lefties compared to righties because his breaking ball sucks (his ERA is more than twice as high, lower K rate, more than double the HR rate).
Of course, that presumes he doesn't stick in the rotation, which is hardly a foregone conclusion.
I'd say that Cingrani has at least as much of a chance of remaining a starter as Didi does of hitting enough to hold down a full-time job. If they both hit their ceiling (Cingrani as a mid-rotation starter and Didi as an defense-first starting SS), I'd take Cingrani. If they both hit their floor (Cingrani as a quality LH reliever and Didi as a bench glove), I'd still take Cingrani. The only way I'd take Didi over Cingrani is if Didi hits his ceiling while Cingrani craps out.