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08:15 AM ET 11.06 | The specific makeup of both Cincinnati's 2013 rotation and bullpen rides heavily on one decision: What to do with Aroldis Chapman. "We haven't made a decision on Chapman as a starter or as a reliever," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We're talking about it." Part of what determines if Chapman starts involves how well the Reds navigate their way around the free-agent market for closers. "It depends on if we re-sign [Jonathan] Broxton and [Ryan] Madson," Jocketty said. "Or if we get another closer." Chapman, who will turn 25 in February, had one of the most successful seasons as a closer in Reds history during 2012. It was all the more remarkable considering the left-hander didn't move into the role until May 20.

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November 6, 2012  08:44 AM ET

You would do a favor to the rest of the NL if he starts and don't have to see him every fifth day, but it should be a easy decision for the Reds leave him in the pen.

November 6, 2012  10:57 AM ET

Leave him in the Closer spot, and go out and get another quality starter to solidify the rotation.

November 6, 2012  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Leave him in the Closer spot, and go out and get another quality starter to solidify the rotation.

That sounds reasonable; Madsen is 32, returning from Tommy John surgery, has a total of one good year as a closer (set-up man for most of his career), and will want a lot of money. (current salary just under 6 million). Cut him loose, and use the money to find another starter.

November 6, 2012  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That sounds reasonable; Madsen is 32, returning from Tommy John surgery, has a total of one good year as a closer (set-up man for most of his career), and will want a lot of money. (current salary just under 6 million). Cut him loose, and use the money to find another starter.

It's reasonable, but a lefty who throws like that for 200+ innings is FAR more valuable than the same guy who only pitches 60 or so innings. If they can get him to start, then they'll have one helluva weapon in Chapman.

November 6, 2012  05:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's reasonable, but a lefty who throws like that for 200+ innings is FAR more valuable than the same guy who only pitches 60 or so innings. If they can get him to start, then they'll have one helluva weapon in Chapman.

Good point

November 6, 2012  06:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Leave him in the Closer spot, and go out and get another quality starter to solidify the rotation.

SIGN ZACK GREINKE FOR THE STARTER POSITION, AND GET HAMILTON TO DRIVE RUNS,,,

 
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