Originally Posted by MikeThierry
Not when the person you are comparing to has more talent and is better at this point in their careers.
I'm willing to take a bet most Reds posters would take Rosenthal over Broxton right now. Especially now that Broxton's average fast ball is at 93.7 MPH while Rosenthal's is 96.7 and has topped out at 101.4 this year. Broxton hasn't even had a SO/9 over 7.1 since 2010 where as Rosenthal SO/9 is at 12.3 this year. How does being a veteran give him the advantage over Rosenthal here? Does it add 3 more MPH to his fastball or does it give him automatically more talent? I never understood the "he's a veteran" argument in these discussions because that means little when we discuss talent or ability esp. if one player is a clearly a better option now over the other.
Broxton and Rosenthal have nearly identical career ERA's and FIP's. Talent seems to be about the same. Being able to throw harder doesn't mean more talent or that you're better.
Broxton has been a solid MLB closer for four seasons, on two different teams. He has over 100 saves in his career. he would be the Reds closer if not for Chapman. In a big game, coming in to protect a led or a tie in the 8th, I want a guy who has the most experience, whose actually been a closer, over a kid who throws hard.