Originally Posted by reds44
I'm not going any longer than 2 years with Ludwick. He was great this year, but there's no chance I give him 3/22. I was thinking something like 2/14 or 2/16 seems fair.
I imagine you'll see Madson and Broxton brought back. Broxton as an insurance policy as Madson comes back from Tommy John. Chapman will be a starter for the first 3/4 months before they move him back to the pen to limit his innings. Leake starts the year in AAA. They might bring in another mariginal starter they can stash in AAA or in the bullpen too.
I doubt you'll see a major chance in CF because Hamilton will probably be up in September. They may try to go after a DeJesus type player. Hopefully they bring in a bench guy or two. With Rolen being gone and Frazier starting, the bench is even more depleted than it was all year.
Really, this is all I can see coming in from outside the organziation:
Maybe a CFer on a short deal
I don't buy the "Chapman to the Pen" talk anymore. not after his dominant performance in the Closer role this year. Yeah, closer is mostly an over-rated position, but not necessarily when you get someone someone of Aroldis' caliber.
Anyone who thinks simply moving AC to the rotation gives you a slamdunk ACE is wildly optomistic. Part of his dominance in the pen is he world class velocity. Move him to the rotation and that becomes a more "pedestrian" 94-95 on the top end (not to mention how starting would affect his control and other factors). The other question is stamina. He needed to be "mini-strassberg'd" as it was this season. When would he need to be shutdown if asked to throw starters innings?
I could see them under-going a to-the-rotation experiment on a team that is not yet a contender, but the dominant bullpen was a large factor in the Reds success this year and no one was bigger than Aroldis. Will Walt risk that on an experiment? I don't see it. I think it is much move likely that he keeps aroldis where his is, instead of possibly weakening two spots that don't need to be risked by moving him.
I believe it is much more feasible and likely Jocketty keeps him right where he is and look outside the organization if he chooses to seek an upgrade over Leake.