ST. LOUIS -- The Reds are faced with a decision on whether to pick up the $12 million club option for 2012 on closer Francisco Cordero. One factor in that decision is who the Reds would have to close games if they didn't bring back Cordero. The pool of candidates in-house is rather thin. "Tough question," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It would be kind of an experimental-type situation. You don't know. [Aroldis] Chapman has shown sometimes, maybe. Other times, he has a lack of control or a difference in stuff after a day or two. [Nick] Masset has been a bit inconsistent." Baker certainly wouldn't mind bringing back Cordero, who has 29 saves this season in 34 chances with a 2.41 ERA.
"I know a lot of people get on Coco sometimes, but he gets the job done," Baker said. "He's got it done 319 times [in his career]. It's cost vs. replacement, too. All I know is it's tough to win in modern baseball now without a good closer. Closer by committee hasn't really worked anywhere too much."