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Once a fixture in Cinci, Leake now on the bubble

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05:59 AM ET 02.21 | Times are a' changin' in Cincinnati -- which is a good thing, though perhaps not for Mike Leake. Not so long ago, if the Reds had a 25-year-old who was coming off a season in which he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA and threw 179 innings, the club would have been talking about his bright future. But times have changed in Redsland. Pitching is a strength now, so much so that [Leake] is battling for a job after being a fixture in the rotation for three years. The Reds decided to move Aroldis Chapman to the rotation. It's unclear exactly how things will work out, but Leake clearly could be the odd man out. ... Reds manager Dusty Baker has said repeatedly that he has not lost confidence in Leake. "I haven't given up on him," Baker said.

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February 21, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Leake will make the team,last year was abad year for him - but I think they move him to the bullpen and keep him incase Chappy don't work out or another pitcher go's down then he can step in.......Reds are loaded with good arms so will see.

February 21, 2013  01:46 PM ET

With Broxton as the best option at Closer - they should have kept Chapman in that role...

He saved 38 Games, 122 K's in 72 Innings... Those numbers will not translate as a starter and they're gonna mess him up. Look what happened to Bard in Boston

February 21, 2013  06:26 PM ET

wiseup: If Chapman stays in rotation and leake in the bull pen as a long reliever and early pinch hitter. Even if Chapman does well the Reds would limit him to 100 to130 inings. this year. For Chapman to suceed as a starter he must learn and throw more than fastball and slider. Throwing a curve ball would keep hitters off of his fast ball. Also if Chapman learns how to throw a changeup it would almost be un fair. With 4 different pitches would keep hitters off balance.If Chapman falters Leake could step right in.

February 21, 2013  06:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Reds are loaded with good arms so will see

likely leake will be traded before the season begings,,,,

February 22, 2013  02:54 AM ET

wiseup: I dont see leake being traded. He is their insurance policy if a starter goes on DL or Chapman falters as a starter. If Chapman adapts to starting rotation and the Reds are concerned aboutLeake staying sharp if needed the Reds could send Leake to Louisville. I am pretty sure he still has options. The Reds don't planon trading him,or they wouldn't have signed him to a new contract. Plus Arroyo's contract is up this year If a pitcher is traded it could be him and Leake moved into his spot.

February 22, 2013  03:00 AM ET

wiseup: other than picking up minor league prospects for future the only roster spot they might fill is a legit backup first baseman for Votto. At present Frazier would go to first and hananahan or donald would play third

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February 22, 2013  12:02 PM ET

wiseup: imagine a hitter facing Chapman. starts hitter with a slider at 95mph breaking down and away. Than a 100mph+ fastball. the count is 0 and 2 . Throws another fast ball down below knees. Hitter is looking for a put away fastball and hitter decides he will cheat and start swing early to catch up to the put away fast ball. Chapman rears and with the same arm speed throws and 80 mph change up.

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