Those of us in the Cincy area are used to the Reds having quiet offseasons. The last big signing I can remember was Griffey Jr., and while injuries hampered his contribution to the team, he put asses in the seats, especially on his march to 600 home runs.
Now we have Aroldis Chapman, from Cuba. In this video former Reds GM Jim Bowden, he brings up all the downsides to the $30 million signing, but I have to say, way to go Reds! When you’re in a small market and your team sucks balls (I’m sure that’s an official baseball term, and if not, it should be) you need to do something. I heard on the radio his fastball has been clocked at 102 mph.
So he might not have good control? Neither did Nolan Ryan, but he’s in the Hall of Fame with 7 no-hitters. Pitching is not a perfect science. As Chapman goes through the minors, we’ll have a chance to see if he can blow away major league hitters. So what if he walks 10 guys, as long as he strikes out 18. The Red’s bats are usually the problem anyway. Score the kid some runs and watch him win.