I didn't want to start a second thread for this question, but I'm hoping someone here can help me. My question is, how much does Mike Leake's offensive abilities add to his value as a pitcher? I can check baseball-reference all I want, but I'm having trouble deciphering some of the more advanced metrics. We all know that Leake is very impressive in the batter's box, especially for a pitcher. While he pitcher to a 4.58ERA, how does his offensive output help deflect the nature of his higher ERA? Is it worth keeping a pitcher with those pitching stats in exchange for effectively adding a 9th hitter to the lineup every 5 days?
I believe that Mike Leake will be the No.5 starter and Aroldis Chapman will be the closer in 2013.
I think that's what Dusty always sounds like he wants and as soon as there is any kind of snag in the Chapman to starter plan - a bad outing or two by Chapman, a tired or sore Chapman arm, struggles by Broxton as closer, injury or struggles by other relievers, strong Leake performances, daily horoscope pointing to Chapman needing to bring positive benefits to coworkers more frequently, etc. - Chapman will be back in the closer's role.