Re: Chapman could be in the 2012 rotation...
Long term, moving chapman into the rotation is the best thing. Unfortunately, the team is in a short term situation with Phillips and Votto and should be doing what is necessary to win now. I'd keep Chapman in the pen as the closer (or top reliever if you will) for 2012 and go get a proven starter or two who are upgrades over Willis/Wood/Volquez/Arroyo/Bailey/Leake. Some one better than all those guys is what this team needs. For all of Chapman's potential, he's just another question mark when it comes to starting and I'd like to see the team stop frittering away its best window by tinkering with guys in roles we have no idea about. Along those lines, I'd deal Alonso since we really don't think he can play anywhere but 1B, in order to acquire the starter we need. Once the rotation is set-up with more certainty, some excess arms can be dealt for a bat.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS