Unlike Price, Baker always felt the 25-year-old Chapman (4-5, 2.54 ERA) was designed to be a closer.
Once gunning the fastest recorded pitch in MLB history at 105.1 mph, Chapman converted 38 saves in 43 opportunities during the 2013 campaign.
The blazing southpaw remains one of the most intimidating men on the hill and gives Cincinnati an indispensable weapon that few squads have.
Since defecting from Cuba and signing a six-year contract worth $30.25 million in January 2010, Chapman’s become a two-time All-Star who earned the Delivery Man of the Month Award in July 2012.
Tall, lanky and athletic, the 6-foot-4, 200 pound Chapman only employs a heater and slider.
With a dearth of pitches, Baker perfectly used the “Cuban Missile” for the past few years and Chapman relishes his current role.
The Reds are already blessed with a solid starting rotation and Price should consider the Joba Chamberlain fiasco before making any decision on Chapman.
As a stopper in “The Queen City,” Aroldis Chapman can help the Reds become kings and eventually cement their sixth World Series title.by