Originally Posted by dwyerbrg
The question isn't whether the Reds will give him the shot, but if he wants the shot. He's comfortable closing. That's what he does. He's an unknown quantity when it comes to starting. I do wish they'd figured that out earlier, but that ship has sailed and he has likely established himself as a career closer at this point.
That being said, I have no problem moving him for a nice part, whether it be for the now or the future.
Chapman was also perfectly comfortable starting his whole life prior to the end of the 2010 season when the Reds converted him to a relief role. The Reds are his employer, so if he's asked to start, he'll start. I think Chapman's comfort level has very little to do with it.
But I do agree that the Aroldis Chapman for starter ship has sailed at this point. He'd only be able to throw 2/3 of a season in 2014 while ramping up his innings totals, and the Reds only control him for a couple of years after that. I don't know if he'd be a disaster or dominant as a starter, but at this point, it's a moot argument.
In the end, he's a reliever. A great reliever, but a reliever nonetheless. If he can be dealt for an excellent prospect or a very good young player, the Reds should pull the trigger.