Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I'd like to at least make the record clear that I've been in favor of dumping Mike Leake for a long time -- Chapman has nothing to do with my belief that Mike Leake should be replaced by a better pitcher.
I can't imagine why anyone would have wanted to dump Leake prior to last season. His rookie year in 2010 was a great success and in 2011 he was the second best pitcher on the Reds behind Johnny Cueto. On top of all that, he was being paid peanuts, freeing the Reds up to spend money elsewhere.
Unless 'a long time' is measured in months, I don't see how anyone could have wanted to get rid of Leake for 'a long time'.