The reds have 7 bullpen spots and right now they are filled with:
The reds also have a group of players in the minors or the dl that more than likely will be on the verge of getting back in the bullpen at a certain time:
And then throw in a few prospects that should break into the majors at some point:
Then throw in a few players like Shackelford, Kelly, and Kershner who right now might not look like they will make it in the bullpen but could turn things around.
No this isnt a great group of bullpen arms and dont strike fear in any teams but atleast the guys in the pen now understand that their job isnt secure if they arent going to produce. I figure that Stanton and Weathers are locks from opening day till september. That leaves 5 more spots. Once Bray gets healthy I see him being in there, now were down to 4. Burton more than likely will take 1 more spot unless he would fall apart and then there were 3. Saarloos is in there unless he goes to the rotation for what ever reason. Coffey more than likely will also have a spot so that means there is 1 bullpen spot for Santos, Salmon, Coutlangas, Majewski, McBeth and maybe even Medlock later on in the season. Now some of you all might not argee that Burton or Saarloos or maybe even Coffey have spots in the pen no matter what. I dont think that either but i believe they would have to completely fall apart to lose that spot. Either way its turning out that there are only 1-3 bullpen spots for atleast 6 players. Dont forget about the wild card in the whole bunch with Guardado coming back at some point towards the end of the season.
I understand that over the course of a year a lot of things will change but right now those 7 guys have to be thinking if they dont perform then they are out. 2.5 million was eaten by ownership this morning so it doensnt matter what your paid. Weathers, Stanton, and Coffey are under contract next year and I believe that will come into play but other than that everyone is fair game. the Reds might not have the best group of bullpen arms but i believe this competition will bring the best out of them. Hopefully thats enough to have an average bullpen throughout the season. I dont really know if just competition will be enough but it should be fun to watch.