Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
I am not against the move, but there are many things to consider.
We only live in patches. - H. G. Wells
I think Walt wins this battle no matter what Dusty does to sabotage it. Chapman is a supreme asset if his value is made out properly. Walt has vision and understands the way an organization maximizes that value long term.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale and Lance Lynn were all successfully transitioned from the bullpen to the starting rotation in 2012. Samardzija threw 174.2 innings. Sale tossed 192 innings. Lynn hurled 176 innings. I expect to see Chapman treated similarly.
Not all who wander are lost
I used to defend Hal and his opinions, but man, he's gone wacko. If you get the Sunday DDN, he spent over half of his "Ask Hal" article defending the keep-Chapman-in-the-bullpen belief.