Originally Posted by WildcatFan
You say they needed the arm, but there's a good chance Hoover starts the year in AAA because there just isn't room if Parra makes the pen as a second lefty or if both Arredondo and Ondrusek are in (also likely, with one out of options and one on a multi-year deal). I appreciate bullpen surplus as much as the next guy, but not if you're committing serious money for parts that some believe, including myself, could be replicated in-house.
The Reds glut of 11th and 12th men should not preclude them from getting a guy for a more important role. If Hoover fails to make the team, it will be because the Reds chose to protect the Simon, Ondrusek, Arredondo glut and not because of Broxton. The interchangeable parts should be on the bubble, not Hoover or Broxton.