Aside from the merits of the starter vs. bullpen issues, I would hate for the Reds to get all wobbly on this. They need to carry through on the Chapman as a starter and give it a good shot. Two weeks left in ST is *not* a good shot. Otherwise, they look like a weak-willed dithering about bunch of mopes.
I'm for Chapman giving starting a try, but if he does, I'm pessimistic about the late innings of this pen (and not because of Broxton and Marshall). I do think Broxton was brought in to provide a solid closing option to give Chapman every opportunity to start, but they needed a guy anyway.
The shrewd GM knows he's won't have to pay that $21 Million it took to get Broxton signed.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
I hope this is the point in the discussion where we find out that Chapman and Baker both work for Walt Jocketty.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
Decision should be made in the next day or so...but all signs are pointing to bullpen.
Jocketty did not seem too happy with the fact that Chapman spoke up on the issue.
What a frustrating situation.
Benzinger backing and calling! And the 1990 world championship series belongs to the Cincinnati Reds!