I meant to post this earlier, but…
In this Reds.com article, Jerry Narron says it’s a closer by committee. Who can argue with that? There is certainly no one in that bullpen who I would trust day in and day out.
And, as usual, the Enquirer has the identical article on the same day, written by a different author (I know there are only so many things to write about, but it’s funny to see every beat writer write about the same topics every single day; think the Reds are pushing stories on them?):
The Reds’ plan all offseason has been to use a closer-by-committee setup, with right-hander David Weathers and left- hander Mike Stanton getting the bulk of the chances.
Reds manager Jerry Narron threw a slight caveat into the works Saturday:
“Unless somebody here – somebody like Todd Coffey or one of the younger guys – just has a great, great spring where they’re just dominating everybody, it would be David Weathers or Mike Stanton, depending on whether the biggest outs are left-handed or right-handed hitters.”
But Narron doesn’t expect that to happen.
“I don’t know if we have that kind of a big arm in camp that’s going to change anything,” he said.
What about Homer Bailey?
“He’s not in the bullpen,” Narron said.
So look for Weathers and Stanton to be co-closers – at least early. They relish the opportunity.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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