Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Just out of curiosity...why is it that we can now afford to deal away Leake and Cingrani/Corcino? Chapman won't be able to pitch 200 innings so we'll need a 6th starter for certain. Injuries happen (as does pitchers struggling) so I'd say it's a near certainty that we'll also need a 7th starter. Add in an 8th just for safety's sake too IMO. I can see us dangling one of Corcino/Cingrani, but not both and certainly not one of the current starting 5.
Um, because if you hoard 8 major league starting pitchers "just for safety's sake" when you have other glaring holes you need to fill in the starting lineup, you're not going to be a very good team.
While I agree that he won't throw 200 innings, moving Chapman to the rotation allows the Reds to be flexible with Leake and one of Corcino/Cingrani, meaning they could be dealt for the right parts.
The Reds would still have a 1-5 of Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Arroyo & Chapman with Redmond and one of Corcino/Cingrani filling in for Chapman's remaining innings and/or one of the SP getting injured. Yes, it's not 8 deep, but no team is- nor can they afford to be when there are other weaknesses to address.
Originally Posted by REDREAD
That's true. I didn't know about Broxton being close when I wrote that.
I guess I'd be on board with trading some pitching for Willingham.
I really don't want to spend a lot of resources for Span, even though he is an upgrade to Stubbs. IMO, LF is a higher priority than CF. Recent history shows we needed the 2010 Gomes and the 2012 Ludwick to help the offense..
In other words, if we get Span, but then are forced to play Paul/Heisey/Stubbs in LF, I think the team has moved backwards.
Completely agree- Span is my least favorite trade target of all the "available" OF (Willingham, J.Upton, Fowler, Ellsbury, Choo, Myers, Gordon, etc.)