Originally Posted by traderumor
It wasn't broke last season. This is a new season. It is very clear in baseball roster construction that a starting pitcher is much, much more valuable than a reliever, so when you have one with the potential of Chapman to add to the rotation, you improve what you have. That isn't breaking anything, that's upgrading.
The #5 spot in the rotation was broke. Leake had the 4th worst ERA out of all eligible starters in the NL. That is broke despite the fact the team was winning. Outside of the leadoff spot, it was the biggest glaring weakness on the team. If Chapman is a good starter to even league average, the improvement in that spot in the rotation will more than make up for any loss at closer (assuming Broxton is league average). People love having a good closer because losses in the 9th inning hurt way more than other losses, but most games are won or lost in the 8 innings prior.