The Reds already had a playoff caliber roster before acquiring Shin-Soo Choo this winter. They were also pretty well off with Aroldis Chapman as their closer. But instead of moving forward with the 2012 team that saw their campaign end in the NLDS, the club thought they would be better off to roll the dice and shake things up for 2013.
That is precisely why the Reds added Choo and are planning to plug him into center field -- a position he has played sparingly in his 8-year MLB career. And that is also why they are aiming to slide Chapman from the 'pen to the starting rotation. ESPN's Jim Bowden sees these decisions as the "biggest risks of the offseason".
Here's how the former Reds general manager backed up his claim:
Chapman whiffed 122 batters in 71 2/3 innings last year, and was arguably the NL's second-best closer after Craig Kimbrel. Nonetheless, Cincy has always wanted to use him as a starter, and this offseason GM Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Bryan Price deci...