I figured I would bring this idea up.
With the recent emergence of Travis Wood, as well as the performance of Mike Leake, not to mention Volquez returning - there are a lot of young guys to fill out the rotation right now. Cueto seems to have finally figured things out as well.
With the nightly meltdowns of Francisco Cordero - should The Reds think about making Aroldis Chapman the future closer of the team? He certainly has closer stuff. I know he has command issues, but I have a lot more faith that a young guy like Chapman can work those out. I'm not sure that a 35-year old Cordero is going to suddenly find his command again.
If The Reds add a veteran starter, next year they'll have a rotation that looks something like this, assuming Travis Wood doesn't leave in said deal:
Wood, Bailey, Maloney, LeCure, etc.
Is Chapman going to crack that rotation? The Reds signed him to a big contract and they need him pitching in Cincinnati.
I realize that as a starter he has the potential to be a Randy Johnson type impact pitcher. But that's not a guarantee. Red Sox fans always saw Papelbon as a starter too. Same thing with The Dodgers and Eric Gagne. Sometimes a guy is just meant to be a closer.
Now, I know Arroyo may not even be here next year, but I'm thinking he will. Even if he's gone after 2011, The Reds could move Chapman into the rotation then if they wanted to. The Cubs did it with Ryan Dempster.
Part of me just feels like this is the best way to have him be a contributor at the major league level. He would be filthy as a reliever. And I think The Reds are already thinking this as well. I know they cited moving him to the bullpen as limiting innings and possibly gauging whether he can help relieve this year - which I believe. But I don't think they would have done it if they hadn't started to think that might be a destination for him.
And as a final question - would you try him in some save situations as soon as, say, this year?
Just thinking out loud.