Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 3/21/13
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Someone in the Reds organization is severely confused. After making a point all offseason that Aroldis Chapman would be given a chance in the starting rotation, it has officially been announced the Chapman will be back in the closer’s role for 2013, according to the Cincinnati Inquirer. That might just be the best place for him, as he’s clearly proven to be dominant in that role. But it makes no sense, right now, for several reasons. First, as mentioned above, the front office wanted him to start. Dusty Baker expressed a desire to keep Aroldis in the bullpen, a feeling that Chapman himself also expressed. The story since last season has been that Chapman will work all winter and spring on “stretching out” so that he can work out of the rotation for 2013. Second, Chapman makes a lot of money. He was given a huge bonus when he signed out of Cuba. A bonus that makes sense for a guy who gives you 200+ innings as a front end starter. Not the type of bonus a reliever working 70 innings ever receives. Third, the Reds paid Jonathan Broxton 21 million dollars this offseason to be the team’s closer. Now, [...]
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