Originally Posted by RedEye
Apologies for mischaracterizing. The point remains, though, that you can make the argument the other way -- that rotation depth and top-end SP talent are the keys to postseason (and regular season) success and that the Reds are nuts not to at least try to add another league average arm to the mix (with the potential for much, much more). Having Chapman at the back of the pen means little in the playoffs when you lose a starter and his replacement is giving up 10 runs in the first inning. But if you lose your ace and can replace him with a guy who can dominate a team for 7 innings, your whole scenario just improves.
I agree that rotation depth and top-end SP are more important than anyone in the bullpen. I've never denied it. That's the basis for even thinking about Chappy in the rotation.
But that's not really the issue here. The issue is taking this particular pitcher, who has a key role now, and making a big transformation with him on the eve of a potentially championship season.
To me, that's a tough call. And I would be inclined to leave him alone in the pen, unless the Reds firmly believe he will rather quickly become an Ace starter. If they do have that belief, then I'd go for Chapman as starter.