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Reds would like to get at least 60 innings out of Aroldis Chapman in 2014

Jan 26, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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Reds manager Bryan Price says the team would like to get at least 60 innings pitched from flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman during the season, reports C. Trent Rosecrans. Chapman reached 71 2/3 in 2012 and 63 2/3 in 2013, so it’s not an unreasonable expectation.

Ex-manager Dusty Baker was not a fan of using Chapman for multi-inning appearances, despite recurring talk of moving the lefty into the rotation. Chapman lasted longer than an inning in only two of his 68 relief stints last season. Baker was also loath to use Chapman in non-save situations, like in a tie game on the road late in the ballgame. Perhaps Price, hired back in October to replace Baker, has plans of using Chapman more dynamically.

  1. Kevin S. - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I can think of a real easy way to get Chapman more than 60 innings.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      You were going for, trade him to the Yanks right?

  2. metalhead65 - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    so in other words price knows how to use him properly? maybe this will be the year he does not have to miss a couple of weeks because of a tired because he was misused by baker. they do not need him in the rotation to get their money’s worth out of him.price has a plan to use him consistently so he can be effective through the whole season. the reds may not have made allot of moves this off season but they made the best move for team after last season when they got rid of baker. 1 year to late but at least he is gone!

  3. savvybynature - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    If they aren’t going to make him a starter, they should probably just trade him to a team that thinks he might be an ace in the making.
    I mean, if they want to maximize his value that’s what they should do. The Reds seem to value closers more highly than anyone else in the league.

  4. musketmaniac - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Having great players on the sidelines can be a curse. I can understand why they want him to pitch more. closer not a position where they have much control of that, though.

  5. sportsfan18 - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Wow! A whole 4.1% of the teams innings for a full year!

    I can’t believe these relievers get the money they do.

    Champan will earn $3 million for this coming season. If he pitches only 60 innings, he’ll be paid $50,000 per inning.

    Miguel Cabrera will earn $22 million for this coming season. If he only plays 145 games and not the full 162, which he doesn’t then he will “only” earn $16,858 per inning.

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