Found January 05, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
ESPN's Buster Olney wrapped up his offseason rankings series by unveiling the top 10 bullpens on Saturday. The Reds made an appearance, just as they did in the the other five lists, but they didn't rank as highly as one may have thought. Cincinnati settled for the No. 8 spot despite leading the majors in bullpen ERA last season. Here is how Olney justified his pick: 8. Cincinnati RedsThe Reds will give Aroldis Chapman a chance to be a part of their rotation in spring training, and if he transitions into a starting pitcher, Cincinnati will still have a very good bullpen, with Jonathan Broxton, Sean Marshall, Jose Arredondo, Logan Ondrusek and Sam LeCure. But taking Chapman out of the Reds' bullpen would be like removing Miguel Cabrera from the Detroit lineup: Chapman was a relief monster last season, whiffing 122 batters and allowing just 35 hits in 71 2/3 innings. Cincinnati was No. 1 in bullpen ERA last season, at 2.65, and Chapman was the biggest reason for that...
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