One of the things that made the Cincinnati Reds such a dangerous team last year was how lock down their bullpen was. The seventh eighth and ninth inning combo of Sean Marshall, Johnathan Broxton and Aroldis Chapman meant you had better try to get their starter because it’s like a six inning game.
This year the bullpen is a little bit in flux, however, it’s deep. Chapman may be put into the starting rotation. If they don’t, he’ll probably go back into his role from last year as a closer. Broxton re-signed with the Reds to a three-year $21 million deal. If Chapman starts, he could close, otherwise he may be a very expensive eighth inning guy.
After Marshall, they have a ton of depth. Jose Arredondo, Sam LeCure, J.J. Hoover, Nick Masset, Alfredo Simon and Manny Parra are also options that Dusty Baker has at his disposal. Depth at any position, especially pitching, is something that can always be an asset that you can use to make trades if a need at another position arises. The thing that makes the situation trickier is that Arredondo, Masset and Simon are all out of options.
This kind of “problem” ends up working itself out. An injury occurs, or a trade happens, or someone you think should be a starter has to move to the bullpen. The Reds and their fans shouldn’t panic about this one at all. This is a nice problem to have and something many teams and GMs which they did have.