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Pros and Cons of Keeping Aroldis Chapman in the Closer's Role Long Term
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The Cincinnati Reds spent the offseason expecting Aroldis Chapman to join the starting rotation in 2013, but now they will have to face the pros and cons of their decision to keep him as the closer.

Although many in the organization wanted him to remain the closer, the decision didn't come until last week. Chapman was the most electrifying closer in baseball last year, and the Reds are hoping he can repeat his breakout season. 

With the Reds primed to repeat as National League Central champions, the team needed a shutdown closer to rely on. 

The Reds had one of the majors' best pitching staffs in 2012, so the benefits of this move outweigh the negatives. 

 

*All stats are from MLB.com.

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