Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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Aroldis Chapman‘s bid to join the Cincinnati rotation is fascinating for two reasons: He’s such a unique player with very few good comparables He was extremely valuable as a closer (his 3.3 WAR was the third-best by a RP in the last seven years) I’ve been highly critical of Chapman over the last few weeks, questioning whether he had a diverse enough repertoire to make it through a Major League lineup two or three times. As a Red Sox fan, I had the displeasure of watching Daniel Bard flame out in grand fashion last year, and his mix of electric fastball, devastating slider, occasional change-up didn’t translate well to the starting rotation. Of course, Bard walked 15.5% of the batters he faced — twice the league average of 7.4% — so he wasn’t doing himself any favors, but how can news of Chapman’s transition not remind you a bit of Bard? On the other end of the spectrum is Chris Sale, and anyone who’s read more than two articles on our site has undoubtedly heard me explain why Sale...
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