Originally Posted by Kc61
The best franchises don't keep quality pitchers in the minors when ready to contribute to a tight pennant race.
Question. 2014. Arroyo agrees to return for one year. Cheap, out of love for the franchise and city. Starting rotation remains the same as this season. No attrition, no change. Reds think Bronson still has it, for one more season.
No room for Cingrani in the 2014 rotation. Do you (a) trade him (b) let him start at AAA or (c) put him in Reds bullpen?
I think this is a really unlikely scenario. That said, I'll play.
First, I think I wait until Spring Training to let things play out with the roster. Given a fair competition, I do think it's possible that Cingrani beats out Leake for a rotation spot -- especially since there aren't any other lefties in the group. If not, and the health of the group (Cueto especially) holds up, I let Cingrani prepare
as a reliever with a full complement of training games to adapt to the role. At the same time, I'm talking to other clubs to see about using Leake or Cingrani as the centerpiece to acquire a young SS or LF.
Then again, since I want Chapman to start in an ideal world. I might let Bronson walk, convert Cingrani into a shutdown closer, and move Chapman to the rotation. But that's another question, I think.