Several key figures in the Cincinnati Reds organization were strong proponents of moving Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation last spring. Manager Dusty Baker wasn't one of them, so ultimately, the Cuban phenom stayed put in the closer's role.
However, then-pitching coach Bryan Price held a strong belief that Chapman's stuff would translate to success over a greater workload. He still does, as MLB.com's Mark Sheldon writes that Price would like to use the best weapon on his pitching staff more often.
Although Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com notes that the Reds could still be in the mix to re-sign Bronson Arroyo, there's a stronger possibility that they'll rely on internal options when assembling the rotation. That includes Johnny Cueto, who has spent much of the past three summers on the disabled list, and Tony Cingrani, a 2013 rookie.
Even if Chapman doesn't break camp as a starter, there should be opportunities for him to fill in at some point.
Let's also acknowledge how the All-Star's contract situation influences all of this.
Chapman is a safe bet to decline his $5 million player option for 2015, making him a free agent. Most teams would express interest based off his current track record, but how could anybody resist if he reaches the open market at age 26 with starting experience?