Lots of threads about the bullpen, but this will probably be another one. Now that the Chapman decision is made, I really don't see a need for 12 pitchers on this roster. Latos, Cueto and Bailey fronting the rotation, Arroyo eating innings and Leake with the gloves off as the 5th starter. Chapman, Broxton, Marshall and Hoover forming a shutdown pen with Lecure in a utility pitcher role and Parra as a loogy and I just don't see a need for anyone else. It would be real nice to have a pen with no soft underbelly. Deal off Arredondo, Ondrusek and Simon and that $4 Million that the Reds are paying Broxton is basically offset and everyone can stop wringing their hands over it until the off-season.
Ludwick needs rest and Choo is looking like a guy who may need some time off as well. Adding an extra OF/bench bat would seem to be a better use of a roster spot than a 12th man who really should never get to pitch given the quality of the others. If the Reds need an arm, there are plenty of guys stashed at AAA who can fill the "12th man who never pitches except in a blow-out or an emergency" role (and Masset may be ready down the road).
Short of a plane crashing into the pen and taking half these guys out, I can't really see when Ondrusek, Arredondo or Simon would ever get the ball. I think they'll have trouble getting enough work for Lecure as is.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Last edited by mth123; 03-23-2013 at 02:09 PM.