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It's Official: Chapman Will Close

Leake Will Keep Spot at Back End of Rotation

For a team coming into spring training with little turnover in their pitching staff, Cincinnati has been the topic of a lot of questions recently regarding indecision on plans to convert closer Aroldis Chapman into the rotation. Now it appears that he will resume getting most of his action in the ninth inning and Mike Leake will return to his job at the back end.

Countdown to opening day: 9 days. Thursday Cincinnati management denied rumors that a decision had been made on the role for Aroldis Chapman in the upcoming season. One day later they confirmed suspicions and announced that he will indeed return to the bullpen to continue as closer for the Reds. For the second offseason in a row there were expectations that he would become a starter. Now... Recommended Stories

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