Originally Posted by coachpipe
It seems as though not a single so called "baseball person" likes the move to starter at all
Last I checked Brian Price and Walt Jocketty are baseball people.
Paul Daugherty and David Schoenfield think it's the right move.
It goes on and on, and really don't feel like going through every article written on the subject.
I would also add in an ESPN poll, people voted 57-43 that it is the right move without even seeing him make 1 start. People against this are actually in the minority. I'm thinking you are reading what you want to read.
If you don't believe that, just the simple fact that every closer in the game was either a former starter that faltered or couldn't cut it as a starter earlier in their career in the minors. It's pretty simple, a starter is much more valuable than any bullpen pitcher and everyone in baseball knows it. The only reason you ever put a guy in the bullpen is because he is not good enough to start. The Reds need to find out if that is true. Chapman's ability to start is a different debate, yet the move itself is the right move. You need to find out if he can start or not, even if he fails. The wrong move was putting him in the bullpen in 2011. That should have never happened.