According to Cincinnati.com, Paul Daugherty is reporting that Aroldis Chapman will Close in 2013.
My only concern is the one brought up by Daugherty in his article. For a small to mid size market team the Reds have seriously over spent on their bullpen. The combined salaries for Marshall, Broxton, and Chapman are way too high. Its not my money, but come next year when money needs to be spent on 2 more Starters it could make things difficult. Bailey and Arroyo will both have contracts that expire. There are a couple young guns in the system (Cingrani and Corcino), but no guarantee either of those pan out. Lastly, I wonder if this means the Reds might go out and sign a player like Kyle Loshe or Roy Oswalt? Does this mean Mark Prior has a real shot of being on the big club at some point this season? All-in-all, for as much as I wanted to see Chapman start, I'm not bothered that he will be the Closer. He has been outstanding in that role, but I hope the club has a plan for this new direction.