State of the bullpen
An emailer or a commenter on the blog wanted to know if I thought the Reds should add a veteran to the bullpen mix.
I would not.
I think the young relievers they've added to inventory will be enough now that the Francisco Cordero signing moves David Weathers and Jared Burton back.
I liked what I saw of Marcus McBeth last year. Jon Coutlangus is a serviceable lefty. If Bill Bray can stay healthy, he'll help out a great deal. Brad Salmon has the stuff to be effective.
But you know about those guys. Two guys you may not know about who could be in the mix before the years done are right-hander Josh Roenicke and left-hander Pedro Viola.
Roenicke was 10th-round pick in 2006. He's a converted outfielder, out of UCLA. He throws up to 98. He was 2-1 with 3.25 ERA and 16 saves at Sarasota last year and 1-1 with 0.95 and eight saves at Chattanooga last year.
Viola is 23. He signed late for a Dominican player, so last year was his second pro season. He went from Dayton to Sarasota to Chattanooga last year. His combined numbers: 3-2, 1.42 ERA, 1.86 opponent average, 94 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings. He got beat around early in Arizona Fall League, but he ended with four scoreless outings.