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Aroldis Chapman To Take Winter Off

It was a crazy year for Aroldis Chapman. He spent a big chunk of the season with the Bats and while he was still touching 100 mph, at times he was very hittable. Also, the Reds have to decide what they want to do with him. They’ve had him in the pen the last couple of years but I think they’re finally getting with the program and realizing they’ll get more value out of him as a starter. I also think he needs to get his bearings back so that’s why I was glad to hear he’s not going to be playing winter ball this year.

The shoulder problems in the AFL were particular troubling so the next time we hear anything from Chapman, it’ll be in the Cactus League. The plan is for him to go to Florida to work out this winter with some of the team’s trainers. He’ll be close to home and the Reds will be able to monitor his progress. Me likee.

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