Two years ago, if somebody made this thread, would anyone have suggested Reed as a closer for 2012? Nobody would have, yet he did a fine job that year.
The reality is, closing isn't as difficult as it's hyped up to be. Many decent relief pitchers can close. If Reed continues to struggle, I'm sure the Sox can find somebody else to give a shot: either somebody already in the bullpen, a free agent/non-roster invitee we pick up next spring, or perhaps somebody who's already in our farm system.
"Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but its nature is to be extravagant, and those who go so far as to stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only when they are ruined."