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Reds to place Aroldis Chapman on innings count


09:25 AM ET 11.29 | The Cincinnati Reds will enter spring training with relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman in the starting rotation. While the team will look to add their budding star to the starting lineup, Chapman will reportedly be on an innings count after tossing pitches in 71 2/3 innings just a season ago. We know there will be a limit on how often Chapman will be able to pitch, but is there a specific number that the Reds have in mind? "That's a great question," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "I don't think there's an absolute. You have to have a plan and hope it works. Any time you have a young pitcher and he's going to surpass his inning total, there's going to be questions if he gets hurt. We can't be scared of that. A hard number, I can't say. I'd like to see where he is in terms of innings and pitchers after 25 or 30 starts. We'll know a lot more by the time we get to spring training."

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November 29, 2012  10:27 PM ET

the reds could be making the right decission at this point,the signing of broxton give the red machine options in their rotation, aroldis chapman could be a tough starter next season???

November 29, 2012  10:29 PM ET

last year the reds did sign madson onloy to keep him in the DL spot, the halos had sign him to a one year deal, should madson continue his injury streak?? angels could expect anything from this reliever!!

November 29, 2012  10:32 PM ET

the royals have at to 14 available starters, angels are the worse team in starters availability, halos have 15 relievers and 6 starters in their roster, i would like to know what went wrong in the halos strategy on their minor system??

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November 29, 2012  10:34 PM ET

i would like to know what went wrong in the halos strategy on their minor system??

halos have been too thin in their players as a starters, too many relievers and too many holes in the starter positions!!

November 29, 2012  10:36 PM ET

This could be a bad move. Remember Neftali Feliz?But I think the Reds have to do it. Imagine too a Chapman-Cueto-Latos trifecta. Tough.

well let see, chapman was signed to a 6 years 30 millions deal and to just be a reliever that's just odd right??the pitcher was a starter before signed with the reds, i think its time to use him in that role,,,

November 29, 2012  10:53 PM ET

the reds have what it takes to be a tough competetor, deep in their bullpen and the quality in the starters are at most!!!

November 29, 2012  10:54 PM ET

rafael soriano still thinks he should get a 60 4 years deal, boras could increase the price in this reliever though,,,

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November 30, 2012  08:14 AM ET

I see the MFNing spinnies are at play already.


November 30, 2012  08:38 AM ET

But I think the Reds have to do it. Imagine too a Chapman-Cueto-Latos trifecta. Tough.

This could turn into quite a good pitching staff, the guy who pitched the best after the All-star break was Homer Bailey ,no-hitter and 3 other complete games with a low ERA.
Now you add Chapman and you have 4 very good pitchers in the rotation. If Leak can step it up and pitch like he did his 1st year in the rotation then this could be one of the best if not the best in baseball.
But Chapman will have to develope a couple more pitches so he can not just rely on the fastball to be effective.

November 30, 2012  10:29 AM ET

This could be the dumbest decision in 13 moving the best NL closer to pitch every fifth day.

November 30, 2012  11:54 AM ET

Sounds like a Jobba Chamberlin -Philip Hughes move, let's screw them up because we don't know what to do with them!!!

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November 30, 2012  11:39 PM ET

I think the jury is out on this one...the Reds owned the ninth inning this year, and opponents had to be leading by the mid innings to have much of a chance. On the other hand, if the conversion to a first rate starter is successful and Broxton is 90% of what Chapman was this past year, then it will only make the Reds a better team.

December 2, 2012  12:36 PM ET

You are an idiot. Closers are a dime a dozen.

If I am an idiot Abe why would you put your boy Chapman as a starter with a ErA less than 2 and he saved 37 games. If I am an idiot Abe why do your Reds starters need closers to help them win. If I am an idiot Abe why do closers make the big bucks. If I am idiot Abe who kept your boys from advancing in the playoffs a CLOSER. Stop and think before commenting and name calling because you may be commenting on yourself instead of me.


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