Originally Posted by osuceltic
Just posted this in the Broxton thread, but I agree with you. You can't count on everyone staying healthy and effective next season and you certainly can't count on Chapman going from closer to anything more than 150 innings. They need rotation depth.
They may trade a starter, but not unless they bring in another one (or two) via trade or free agency.
Pitching, pitching, pitching.
Jeff Samardzjia and Chris Sale went from relieving to pitching 170 and 190 innings, respectively, last year, so I wouldn't say Chapman can't necessarily shoulder the full workload of a starter. Nonetheless, I share your concern about pitching depth in light of the Chapman's move to the rotation: There's always the chance that he pulls a Daniel Bard, and is woefully ineffective as a starter. I'm sure the Reds recognize that possibility, though, and will have some kind of backup plan (and hopefully one that goes beyond Mark Redman).