We’ve been saying all along that Jeremy Affeldt had no business in the competition for a position in the starting rotation. Well, it’s now official: Affeldt will start the season in the bullpen.

Affeldt can probably help this team out of the pen, frankly. I’m starting to believe we are going to have a significantly improved bullpen this season.

Also, if you click on the link above, you’ll see that Johnny Cueto is ever-closer to being included in the Opening Day rotation. Also, as we mentioned yesterday, Edinson Volquez is in the same boat. I’m starting to believe we are going to have a significantly improved rotation this season, as well.

Folks, that means the Reds could be a tough team to beat this year. (Or maybe I’m just wearing my traditional spring Rose-colored glasses.)