Right now we have:
1) The team has said that Chapman is going to be a starter.
Thats not what I would do but its what the Reds say they will do.
2) Madson is the best free agent reliever but he seems out of the Reds price range.
3) Several Reds relievers had poor 2nd halves in 2011. Its debatable whether this was due to fatigue or general ineptitude. Right now half of the Reds relievers had whips > 1.3 last year. That concerns me. The only guys who look trustworthy for late inning work in close games are Marshall, Bray & Lecure.
It seems to that the Reds could use TWO good arms in the pen not just a 'closer'. I'd be fine with Marshall being the 9th inning guy. I would like Walt to focus on getting good solid arms for the pen & not just get a 'closer'.
Who is out there besides Madson & Coco (who I think could pull a Ryan Franklin if we brought him back as the 9th inning guy)?
Is Lidge healthy?
Darren Oliver defies Father Time.
Who else is out there that is a solid arm for the pen that the Reds could afford with their current budget?