Originally Posted by oregonred
Does that really matter for a mid-market size team that is well managed. Get the best 6-8 years out of your personnel and let bigger market teams overpay down the road for arms on the backend of their career.
I like the idea of the original post on the pen usage pattern.
The question of optimal bullpen usage presents an interesting situation where the player's interests and the team's interests are not fully aligned and arguably in conflict with one another. I raised this issue with respect to Chapman - when he was being considered as a starter, some were saying that his innings would need to be limited. And that's probably true, if the team is concerned with maximizing the chances that Chapman will be healthy over the next few years. But if you assume (that which I think is reasonable to assume) that Chapman is not likely to be a Red after next year, then how much importance should the Reds place on the long-term health of his arm. And doesn't the view that he will soon be gone suggest pitching him in all kids of two inning spots and whenever his services might be useful? And does the team have any moral/ethical obligation to set aside the team's best interests to protect the health of the player, even one that might not be around over the long-term? Interesting issue.