Originally posted by vrabbit:
because you can do that while continuing to be a contender and it has the chance to pay big time in the long run. If Broxton turns out to be an epic failure as a closer then fine, move Chapman back. And he went from having 2 pitches to now only 1? So this highly skilled 25-year old will fail to develop at least a 3rd pitch and moreover lose his secondary pitch as well. Alright then.
He has one great pitch, and one so-so to good pitch. That's all he has. He has yet to develop 3rd pitch and if he failed to develop it in the off-season, he isn't going to develop it over the season.
You're missing the point. Moving him to a starter at this point exposes him to a major injury - which Reds can't afford. In fact, it is very likely he gets injured. The decision is simple. If Chapman came in the camp and said: I have mastered my 2nd pitch and developed a 3rd pitch which I can consistently use in the 2nd half of the season...then Yes - he should be a starter. But, he hasn't done any of those things from what I've read so far - which really means a) he won't be successful as a starter b) he will get injured sooner rather than later
As of right now, it's stupid to move him to starter. Dusty didn't decide this...Chapman made the decision for him by not improving in the offseason.