Re: Free Agent Wish List
FWIW, Walt did say when posed between a bat and a pitcher he would be looking for a pitcher. From the names that have come up, like Jiminez and Shields, he's looking to trade for a young, effective, cost controlled #2 or #3 starter. You can't say he's set his sights too low.
On Chapman, you have one scenario that could happen, but parts of it have holes. If he struggles in 2012 and succeeds in 2013 to the point where he's too expensive, that means he had 4-7 WAR in 2013. In that case, let's get this started now! But, if he struggles and say progresses to a 4.25 ERA in 2013, I don't see Arb, or a reworked contract, being too expensive. And under no circumstance would any of his success or failure preclude him being on the Reds 2014-2016. If he's worth it, he'll get a contract to buy out his Arb years like Votto, Bruce, Cueto, etc. If he's not, he could go back to the pen as early as 2012, or at any point at any time. The point is, you have to start finding out now. Walt did say he could still be the closer in 2012. I imagine if he gets boxed in payroll wise he could decide Chapman will need to be closer. Personally, I hope he considers LeCure or perhaps Masset or a cheap vet FA and resigns Willis as a LOOGY.