Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/22/14
The Cincinnati Reds signed Aroldis Chapman to a six-year, $30.25 million contract back in 2010 with the expectation that the Cuban defector would become a starting pitcher. But after three seasons in the bullpen, it looks like the hard-throwing lefty will be staying in the bullpen for the near future after a failed attempt to turn him into a starter this spring. In 2012, Chapman was the Reds closer, and was absolutely stellar. He tossed 71.2 innings over 68 appearances, and struck out 122 batters while allowing just 13 runs (12 earned), 35 hits and 23 walks. He finished the season with a 1.51 ERA, and a 0.81 WHIP, with 38 saves in 43 opportunities. The 25-year-old has made it known that his preference would be to stay in the bullpen and Reds manager Dusty Baker agrees with him. But Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Bryan Price both seem to want him to transition into a starter. Well, Chapman and Baker seem to have won out, as the Reds are expected to announce on...
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