Pitching situation: Now what?
Now that the Reds have Jonathan Broxton available to be the closer and Aroldis Chapman seemingly headed to the rotation, the Reds definitely have a surplus of young starting pitching. No doubt, general manager Walt Jocketty will get enticed with offers to fill other needs (namely the leadoff spot) by including one or more of these pitchers.
Most directly affected, of course, is 2012 fifth starter Mike Leake. But waiting in the wings are top-tier prospects like RHP Daniel Corcino and LHP Tony Cingrani. Before assuming any of these guys are getting traded, remember that it never hurts to have rotation depth. The Reds may have gotten through a whole season with all five of their starters healthy, but that is usually the exception and not the rule.
Don’t forget that Bronson Arroyo is headed into the last year of his contract.
While I support the idea of Chapman starting, don’t forget no one knows how many innings his arm can handle in 2013.
Leake is first-time arbitration eligible but shouldn’t be too expensive to keep around. He can also come off of the bench to hit. Corcino and Cingrani wouldn’t be harmed by more time in the Minors.
Also don’t forget that only a couple of seasons ago that Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey were both injured during Spring Training and that Edinson Volquez got off to a slow start after visa issues delayed his arrival to camp.
The Reds can only remain competitive long term if they have sound starting pitching. It’s good to have trade chips but it’s not good if they use them all up to trade for a leadoff hitter.