Originally Posted by redsfanmia
I think the Reds are in position to win the world series next season and I question why they want to take a risk like using Chapman as a starter, he could be dominant or he could throw 4-5 innings every time out taxing our bull pen. I know he is a great closer, leave him there imo.
Going from starter to bullpen midseason is a fairly easy transition (in fact, Chapman has already done that). The other way around is not.
So if he does not work out as a starter, the Reds can plug Leake back in and Chapman goes to the bullpen.
I would state a team in the position to win a World Series does not waste a pitcher who could possibly be one of the best starters in baseball in the bullpen. You don't trot out Mike Leake every 5 days and let Chapman sit in the pen without knowing if he could start.