Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 10/25/14
The news from yesterday was that the Reds hope to acquire a closer so they can move Chapman to the rotation. I have never understood the idea that you need someone to come in to close before making Chapman a starter. Having a quality starter is a lot more valuable than having an elite closer. It is a lot easier to find a decent closer than it is to find even an average starter, much less one that is better than average. While there are always injuries that arise, if Chapman finds his way to the rotation, that locks in Cueto, Latos, Bailey and Chapman into the rotation through at least 2015. That leaves just one open spot, assuming no trades or major injuries for a decent sized group of starting pitchers in the Reds system who could be ready to help before then. Baseball America has up a list of free agents from each team. Here is the list of Reds free agents: RHP: Andrew Brackman (HiA), Carlos Fisher (AAA), Sean Gallagher (AAA), Mike Griffin (AA), Tim Gustafson (AAA), Wirfin Obisp...
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