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Aroldis Chapman | Relief Pitcher | #54

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / CIN
Contract: view contract details
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Aroldis Chapman struck out the side to secure his ninth save with the Cubs in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Padres.
With the Cubs leading 6-3 heading into the ninth, Chapman came on for the save attempt. He allowed a leadoff single to Derek Norris, but would flat-out dominate the rest of the frame, striking out Luis Sardinas, Adam Rosales and Travis Jankowski in succession. All three went down swinging. Since coming over to the Cubs at the trade deadline, the ace closer is 9-for-11 in save opportunities with a 1.42 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio across 12 2/3 innings. Aug 24 - 8:13 PM

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Aroldis Chapman won't be available for the next two days.

Chapman blew a save chance Friday against the Rockies and admitted he felt tired after appearing four times in a four-day span. He'll take the rest of the weekend off but should be available Monday against the Padres. With Pedro Strop (knee) and Hector Rondon (triceps) both out, Carl Edwards would likely handle any save chances over the next two days.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 10:55 PM

Aroldis Chapman took his third blown save and first loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the 11th Friday against the Rockies.

Chapman allowed back-to-back hits with one out in the 11th, and the defense botched a relay that allowed the winning run to score. It was the first time since June 18 (a span of 25 outings) that he's given up multiple hits in an appearance.
Aug 20 - 3:02 AM

Aroldis Chapman notched a two-out save in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers.

The Cubs were up 4-0 going into the ninth inning, so Joe Smith got the call initially, but he walked two batters before Joe Maddon turned to Chapman. The fireballer struck out Keon Broxton swinging before Manny Pina fouled out to end it. Chapman is 5-for-6 in save chances since joining Chicago while posting a 0.96 ERA and 14/0 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.
Aug 16 - 5:22 PM

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side to earn his 24th save on Wednesday.

He would have more saves if he hadn't missed the first month of the season to a suspension. It was his fourth save since joining the Cubs at the trade deadline. Perhaps the top closer in baseball, he has 55 strikeouts and eight walks in 38 innings. Chapman has struggled with walks in prior seasons, but this year his control has been impeccable.
Aug 10 - 11:14 PM

Aroldis Chapman picked up his 23rd save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' defeat of the A's.

It was his third save as the closer of the Cubs. Chapman yielded a two-out single to Stephen Vogt, but he struck out Khris Davis looking to end it. He has a 1.95 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 52/8 K/BB ratio in 37 total innings this season.
Aug 7 - 7:03 PM

Aroldis Chapman earned his second save as a member of the Cubs in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

Chapman threw a perfect inning of work, striking out one in protecting a one-run lead. He's now got 22 saves between the Yankees and Cubs, and Chapman has allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings of work since the trade. The southpaw owns a 2.00 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 51/8 K/BB ratio over 36 innings overall.
Aug 2 - 11:30 PM

Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect 1 1/3 innings Thursday, closing out the Cubs' 3-1 win over the White Sox.

The four-out save was also the first save in Chapman's Cubs career. The southpaw struck out two in the outing. He's now got 21 saves total, owning a 1.87 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 48/8 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. An elite closer on an elite team, Chapman could put up some gaudy numbers over the season's final two months.
Jul 28 - 11:50 PM

Cubs acquired LHP Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, OF Billy McKinney, and OF Rashad Crawford.

There had been reports of the Cubs attempting to work out a contract extension with Chapman, but the impending free agent left-hander is apparently intent on hitting the open market this winter. New York also tried an extension with Chapman back in June, but those talks obviously failed. The fire-balling 28-year-old will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting into a setup role. Chapman owns a dominant 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension.
Jul 25 - 2:29 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official.

They tried hard, as did the Yankees before agreeing to this five-player swap, but Chapman is apparently intent on testing the free agent waters following the 2016 season. He is headed to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford. Chapman will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon moving to a setup role.
Jul 25 - 12:49 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Cubs have agreed to an Aroldis Chapman trade.

New York will get shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and one other player. The trade feels like a huge score for the Yankees, but this is the go-for-it of all go-for-its with the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series title since 1908. Chapman will take over at closer in Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting to a setup role. The flame-throwing 28-year-old left-hander owns a 2.16 ERA and 590 strikeouts in 350 1/3 career major league innings.
Jul 25 - 12:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees will get four players from the Cubs in the yet-to-be-finalized Aroldis Chapman trade.

Top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is the centerpiece, but Sherman hears the Yankees are also getting Adam Warren back from the Cubs -- he was traded to Chicago last winter in the Starlin Castro trade -- as well as two other prospects. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has apparently signed off on the deal, so it's not clear what the hold-up might be. There's been talk of the Cubs possibly trying to work out a pre-trade contract extension with Chapman, who can become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series.
Jul 25 - 9:51 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a deal that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs isn't completed yet, but looks even likelier.

The Yankees would receive multiple pieces in return including Gleyber Torres. It sounds as though this deal is going to get done soon, though it may not end up getting finished on Sunday night.
Jul 24 - 9:08 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Yankees are working to finalize an Aroldis Chapman trade.

Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is believed to be in the package that would head to New York, along with another piece or two. Chapman, a 28-year-old impending free agent, has registered a stellar 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. There's a report from Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus suggesting that the Cubs are trying to work out a contract extension with Chapman on top of the trade. That could be the major hold-up.
Jul 24 - 7:58 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner "has not given authorization to sell top guys" yet.

The Aroldis Chapman rumors have been swirling, but it doesn't appear Steinbrenner is ready to give up on the season just yet with the Yanks having won six of their last eight games to pull within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot. Ultimately, it would be hard to see the Bombers not selling, but perhaps it will depend on how they play this week. The Nationals, Cubs and Indians look like the three favorites to land Chapman.
Jul 24 - 5:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena