Originally Posted by dougdirt
And at the absolute first chance they had, they bailed on that plan. The Reds didn't use Chapman as a closer last year to start the year and still put him in the bullpen at the first chance they had to make it happen. What happens this year if they sign a closer and then someone else gets an injury? Do they put Chapman in the bullpen again? I just don't believe it until it happens. They have said time and time again that they view him as a starter, yet every chance they get, they put him in the bullpen.
I agree with what Brutus said. Plus, one reason they didn't put him at closer right away was that he had to get re-acclimated to relieving and coming in on back to back days. He was getting used to going deeper in games and getting longer rest between uses.
That being said...I still say they bailed on Marshall much too quickly.