In the Reds' case, I think there's still an unusual number of players who might be in contention for spots. In the bullpen alone, the pool consists of 1) Cordero, 2) Rhodes, 3) Masset, 4) Isringhausen, 5) Springer, 6) Ondrusek, 7) Smith, 8) Bray, 9) Chapman, 10) Fisher, 11) Burton. I'd say that Fisher's and Burton's chances are slim, but probably better than Owings' or Herrera's.
Jordan Smith, in particular, has complicated all of this. I never expected him to place himself so squarely in the picture at so early a juncture. But he's been terrific.
But this is getting far afield of the subject . . .
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