Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
He would never say he can't do it. He's been deferential to the team's decisions all along.
You want players in roles in which they're comfortable. Chapman is clearly more comfortable in the closer's role. Obviously, it's not ideal -- but he does improve the pen (maybe by a lot), and there has never been a guarantee he'd improve the rotation.
Reminds me of the talk that the Reds should just make Votto play LF so Alonso could place first. You don't manage your star players that way. I'm pretty sure Votto would never have signed long-term in Cincy if they had forced him out to the outfield. Likewise, Chapman is too valuable a resource to go to war with on this matter, IMO.
Big difference between this situation and Votto's left field situation is that Chapman agreed to move to the rotation. If it really was a big deal, Chapman would have refused to leave the closers role when asked. I really don't think this is a big deal for him.