Chapman may pitch winter ball as tune-up

Chapman may pitch winter ball as tune-up

Chapman may pitch winter ball as tune-up
CINCINNATI -- The Reds, who are considering making Aroldis Chapman a rotation candidate for 2012, are contemplating having the left-hander pitch winter ball in the off-season.

"We're discussing the possibility of Chapman playing some place to get him extended out to possibly start," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "There are a lot of things in question now."

Chapman was signed to a six-year, $30 million contract in January 2010 with designs on being a starter. In 51 relief appearances this season entering Tuesday, he is 4-1 with a 3.91 ERA with three of his 18 inherited runners scoring.