Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 3/18/13
If it seems like you’ve read dozens of articles about Aroldis Chapman potentially being a starting pitcher over the years, it’s only because you’ve missed hundreds more. This is an old topic, as is usually the case with relievers who appear to have the potential for more. The Reds invested a lot in Chapman when they first signed him, and as of 2012 he’s mastered the bullpen. Coming into 2013, Chapman was to move into the rotation, but now it’s a question again. Sometime within the next few days, the Reds hope to decide whether Chapman will open as a starter or a reliever. We’ve done this before, and we’re doing it again. This has all come to a head once more because of something Chapman said over the weekend. From an AP article: “The truth is, if they were to make the decision, I would want to be the closer,” Chapman said, “but it’s not in my hands.” Let’s re-visit that quote again, with some selective edits: “The truth is [...] I would want to be the closer,” Chapman said. Aroldis Chapman
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