If the Cincinnati Reds are going to make a real run at the division title, they will need a stronger closer.
Francisco Cordero has filled that role since 2008 with mediocre success. Over the course of 2008 & 2009 he saved 73 of 83 opportunities, but allowed far too many runners to be considered a premier closer.
In 2008 his WHIP was 1.41. He improved to 1.32 in ’09, but in 2010 he has declined sharply to 1.46. On the season he is 1-3 3.46 ERA. Not exactly the numbers you like to see from your closer.
How can the Reds realistically improve?
If the Seattle Mariners continue to struggle, they may be willing to part with their closer, David Aardsma. Although, with his talent and a salary of only $2.75 million, they may want more than the Reds are willing to give.
At first glance, Aardsma may seem no better than Cordero. He is 0-3 4.41 ERA a 1.10 WHIP and 11 saves. However, if you remove three poor appearances, he is 0-0 0.60 ERA a 0.46 WHIP and a 17:3 strikeout to walk ratio.
Just think of the late inning fire power the Reds would have with the trio of Aardsma, Cordero and Rhodes. That fire power teamed with their offense and starting rotation makes for a run to the Fall Classic a very real possibility.
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