Re: Chapman story on ESPN - MLB front page...
Chapman, despite being "almost automatic", blew as many saves last season as by-the-tips-of-his-fingertips Coco Cordero the year before. I know he looked much better (and arguably should have gotten much better results), but the end-game was about the same.
I also realize that taking him out of the pen hurts it.
However, the addition of Hoover might make the pen above average rather than dominant.
And the addition of Chapman to the rotation could mean three or four (if Bailey's second half was for real) of the top 30 starters in the National League in one rotation.
Too, if it fails, you've only lost some innings-- Leake can come in and be a fifth starter just fine, while Chapman can re-convert to closing. (Or, better, coming in as he did early last season in high leverage spots.)
In other words, you have to do this.
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