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Flame-thrower's role uncertain in Cinci

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08:12 AM ET 11.03 | Reds fans may not have to wait until every fifth day to see Aroldis Chapman. [Chapman] did not get a $30.25 million dollar contract to be a relief pitcher, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday that Chapman might remain in the bullpen next season. Jocketty said the Reds still project Chapman as a starter, long-term. Questions arose again last week after manager Dusty Baker, interviewed on Sirius XM's Mad Dog Radio, said the Reds were uncertain about Chapman's role. ... Jocketty, in a telephone interview Tuesday, said the Reds will wait and see.

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November 3, 2010  10:04 AM ET

If he is good he will play...of course it is uncertain...

November 3, 2010  10:12 AM ET

As a Reds fan for 40 years, I have never seen the electricity coming from a reliever entering the game like AC.

November 3, 2010  10:43 AM ET

My biggest fear is that he'll have the same fate as Stephen Strasburg.

November 3, 2010  12:01 PM ET

The Reds better not screw with this back and forth starter-relief BS. There's a new term for that: Don't Joba your pitcher.

November 3, 2010  12:09 PM ET

He should remain as a releiver....it's what he's best suited for...nothing wrong with that. Every team needs a shut down closer.

November 3, 2010  12:35 PM ET

Walt just doesn't want Dusty leaving him out there for 150 pitches a start.

November 3, 2010  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

As a Reds fan for 40 years, I have never seen the electricity coming from a reliever entering the game like AC.

and i think the value of that is sometimes underrated.

November 3, 2010  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Walt just doesn't want Dusty leaving him out there for 150 pitches a start.

that's a good point.

November 3, 2010  02:06 PM ET

the reds have to take it easy w/ chapman be on the bullpen role its better by taking slow steps towards the starter position!

November 3, 2010  03:36 PM ET

Uncertain, because this dude is destined to be nothing but a closer. Not that there is anything wrong with that, except maybe the money.

November 3, 2010  07:49 PM ET

As an Astros fan I would prefer they shuffle him back and forth from the starting rotation to the bullpen and screw with his head. Just let the kid start and don't let him throw over 160-170 innings, Dusty...

November 4, 2010  02:59 AM ET

Cuban pitcher by history are durable, so the move to limit his pitch count is just stupid. Make him a starter or you're wasting the 30 million you spent on the guy...................

 
November 4, 2010  08:53 AM ET
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Cuban pitcher by history are durable

Sorry, but I just can't get my mind around that statement. The dude is **** sapiens. He's good for sure. But he throws fast and with reckless abandon. Sheet happens.

If you could predict which pitchers were going to last and which would soon be heading for Tommy John surgery, you certainly wouldn't be here posting on T&R. There's a lot of money in being able to figure out who the next Nolan Ryan will be. So far nobody's distinguished themselves in that regard.

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