http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/Aroldis Chapman is back throwing pain-free, but Winter Ball is no longer part of his offseason plan.
“We’ve decided against sending him to Puerto Rico,” Walt Jocketty said. “He’s on a strength-and-conditioning program in Arizona. He’ll go to Florida after that and continue to work out.”
The plan was to go to Puerto Rico to pitch in Winter Ball after the Oct. 31 start. The Reds did not want to take that risk. Unlike the AFL, Winter Ball is not a controlled situation and it is very competitive.
Something does not quite add up here. They must have known the fact that Winter Ball is not a contolled situation when they originally pencilled him down there. What changed between that time and now? Nothing.
Go back to sleep, Walt. You have no clue of what you are doing. Maybe by year six Chapman can be a starter.
Left field and shortstop have been holes for three years that Walt has been unable to plug. Walt has been a do-nothing GM who is looking more and more like he got lucky on Rolen for half a season. I really don't expect anything at all to be done this off-season, as much as I would love to be wrong about this.
And to think they just extended Jocketty for three more years. Incredible.