Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Why do you say this? If there's anybody we're going to be "giving up on" it would be Volquez IMO. I fully expect to see him either in L'ville or traded by the beginning of next season. Homer's in the rotation.
If the Reds bring in a starter from outside, and have Chapman filling the fifth starter spot, how is there room for Bailey? Cueto, Leake and Arroyo will fill the other spots. One question mark with high upside in the rotation is reasonable, so if that's Chapman, Bailey and Volquez are odd men out and I don't see either being suited for the bullpen.
BTW, I fully expect Chapman to be a batting tee for about 200 innings or so while he learns to work his way through a line-up multiple times. That would put him on track to become what we all hope for the 2014 season (after Votto is gone and trying to win becomes a taller task). At that point, he'll be arb eligible, the remainder of his contract will convert to a signing bonus and hopefully the Reds can get 2 decent seasons out of him (but they won't be cheap) before he bolts to the Yankees or Red Sox for the big pay day.
No question moving Chapman to the rotation is the best thing for his career. I just suspect it won't be the best thing to help the Reds win while he's still here.