Originally Posted by Chip R
The other alternative would be to send him down to AAA but I - and many others - would hate to see one of the best arms in baseball not on the Reds.
I still think it's the best way to go. Even if Chapman gets the pseudo starter treatment and pitches 2-3 innings each time out, there's no taking away the fact that the big leagues are hyper-outcome focused. No one wants to see Chapman work on his change up in a tight ballgame when he could easily just blow everyone away with heat. To me, the twenty innings of relief are of pretty dubious value to the team if it means Chapman isn't prepared when the time comes for him to start.