It's decided: Leake in rotation, Chapman to be closer #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March 22, 2013
Jocketty: There was no big in-house debate. #reds #cincienquirer
— John Fay (@johnfayman) March 22, 2013
As you can see above from the tweets of the esteemed Reds beat writers, Aroldis Chapman will officially be the Reds closer in 2013 and according to John Fay, there wasn't much disagreement on it in the end. In 68 appearances last year, Chapman was 5-5, with a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves in 43 chances. He struck out 122 over 71.2 innings, so you can see why he will continue to be an asset from the bullpen in '13.
That helps to eliminate what could have become a major distraction for this team. I think most fans will be happy with this decision since they know he can be successful at the end of games. There are some who still think he should start, myself included, but I'm not really upset about him closing and no one else really should be either. The rotation was solid last year, and this will ensure that the Reds put a team as great as last year on the field, but with the addition of Shin-Soo Choo.
Yesterday, the fayman said that Jonathan Broxton doesn't care what role he is occupying. I wouldn't either if I was getting paid that kind of money to set up. That's one the Reds will just have to write off and accept. I doubt they would trade him, even with the kind of depth they have in the bullpen. You can never have too much pitching depth.
The interesting thing to see from here is who actually makes the Opening Day bullpen. It was already crowded and now Chapman probably squeezes someone out of the backend of it. It's probably going to come down to guys like J.J. Hoover, Logan Ondrusek, Alfredo Simon, and Manny Parra. Hoover has been lights out this spring and Parra is a lefty, which helps them both. Hoover and Ondrusek both have options left, which is a negative for them, in terms of their chances to make the team out of spring. Simon was solid last year in long relief and mop-up duty, but has been awful this spring. He could be expendable, perhaps. We shall see.
I'm just ready for some baseball.