Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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The plan to transition Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman from reliever to starter is one widely welcomed by Reds fans. In fact, it is probably a move that is being secretly lauded by current Reds players as well. However, there may one guy in particular who isn't so thrilled by the team's decision. And that guy is right-hander Mike Leake. This is because Chapman's new role likely puts Leake in a precarious position. The 25-year old has been a fixture in the Reds rotation since breaking into the big show at the beginning of the 2010 season. But he may soon find himself on the outside looking in, both figuratively and literally. With Chapman presumably taking Leake's spot in the rotation, Leake will begin the 2013 campaign watching games from the bullpen (barring injury). Pitching in relief is something Leake hasn't had to deal with since his freshman year (2007) at Arizona State when he began the year as their closer. By midseason though, he was serving as the ...
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