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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
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals believe Aroldis Chapman "is too rich for their taste."
Chapman is thought to be seeking a contract in the range of $100 million, as is Kenley Jansen. Washington might just go ahead and re-sign Mark Melancon, who posted a terrific 1.64 ERA in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Nationals and Pirates. Melancon is still going to cost a pretty penny in this market, but not as much as the other two (who carry much higher strikeout rates). Dec 1 - 1:37 PM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Nationals have emerged as a potential suitor for free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

The Nationals had Chapman on their radar this summer before the Yankees traded him to the Cubs. Washington's own All-Star closer Mark Melancon is now a free agent, which has rekindled the team's interest in Chapman. Melancon would certainly be the cheaper option of the two as Chapman is expected to command a multi-year deal in the range of $100 million. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is also a free agent. It's a strong market for stud closers.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 26 - 9:39 PM

According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, the Yankees "maintain serious interest" in re-signing free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

He had a dominant half season for the Yankees before joining the Cubs at this year's trade deadline. Chapman is aiming for a contract in the $100 million range and the Yankees are one of the few teams that can afford a deal of that magnitude. "Chapman did a terrific job in the short time he was here," said Chapman. "He did prove he can handle New York, and he's someone that we would be interested in bringing back." The Dodgers any Giants have both shown interest in the fireballing left-hander.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 19 - 7:52 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants are meeting with the representative team of free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

The Giants' bullpen collapsed repeatedly during the 2016 season, most notably against the Cubs in the NLDS. Earlier on Wednesday, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney passed along word that Chapman is looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $100 million. That would smash the record four-year, $50 million contract that Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Phillies in 2011. In addition to the Giants, the Yankees and Dodgers are also reportedly in the mix here. The Cubs aren't out of the running, but are keeping their bullpen options open.
Nov 9 - 4:17 PM

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com hears from "one plugged-in agent" that free agent closer Aroldis Chapman is seeking a $100 million contract.

That would double the reliever record, which was set when Jonathan Papelbon signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in November of 2011. With the focus on elite relievers and teams like the Dodgers and Yankees in the mix, anything is possible. Kenley Jansen is also likely a lock to top $50 million and Mark Melancon might get there too. With the price expected to be sky high, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated Tuesday that the club could look to alternatives for the back-end of their bullpen. "We’re going to explore every avenue," said Hoyer. "Obviously, there’s an appeal to guys in the free-agent market that have had great track records. But I think closers come from all over. Generally – when you sort of start looking at where those guys come from – some (have) had some bumps along the road and established themselves later on."
Source: CSN Chicago
Nov 9 - 11:00 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers intend to make a "dedicated pursuit" of free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

It's not a big surprise, even after they backed out of acquiring Chapman following his domestic violence case last offseason. The Dodgers would love to keep Jansen, but he's going to be a very popular name in free agency, so they are keeping their options open. Both closers are likely to break Jonathan Papelbon's reliever contract record (four-year, $50 million) this offseason. Chapman wasn't eligible for a qualifying offer since he was traded midseason, so he won't cost a draft pick from the team that signs him.
Nov 8 - 3:27 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that he's reached out to Aroldis Chapman's agent.

Well, that didn't take long. Cashman did say that he's reached out to the agents of numerous free agents already, so this doesn't necessarily mean Chapman is their top priority. However, it's worth noting that Chapman said after being traded from the Yankees to the Cubs in July that he'd love to return to New York as a free agent. Adding to Chapman's appeal is that the team that signs him won't have to give up a draft pick.
Nov 7 - 7:47 PM

Aroldis Chapman surrendered a game-tying, two-run home run to Rajai Davis with two outs in the eighth inning of Wednesday's World Series Game 7 win over the Indians.

Chapman began his unraveling by surrendering an RBI double to Brandon Guyer, allowing an inherited runner to score with two outs in the eighth inning. That two-bagger drew the Indians to within 6-4, at which point Rajai Davis choked up and slashed a drive down the left field line that crept over the wall and knotted up the score. Chapman had thrown 62 pitches over his previous two games, so it isn't a huge surprise that his stuff was a little off. Despite these struggles, he was awarded a win after the Cubs came back with two runs in the 10th inning. Chapman finished Game 7 having thrown 35 pitches (21 strikes), with two runs allowed on three hits while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings.
Nov 3 - 1:07 AM

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said that Aroldis Chapman will be available for 40-45 pitches in Wednesday's decisive Game 7 of the World Series.

In his last two games, Chapman has thrown 62 pitches. That isn't phasing either the Cubs or Chapman himself. The flame-throwing southpaw said following Game 6 that "[w]hatever they ask me to do, I'm going to keep going until I can't." In 6 1/3 frames during the World Series, Chapman has allowed one run on two hits while boasting a 9/2 K/BB ratio.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 2 - 7:39 PM

Aroldis Chapman said that he feels fine and will be ready to pitch in Game 7 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.

Chapman was asked to pitch in Game 6 despite a huge lead and has now thrown 62 pitches over the last two games, but that's not going to stop him from pitching in the decisive Game 7. "All I know is I’m going to be ready tomorrow, and we’ll see what happens," said Chapman. "Whatever they ask me to do, I’m going to keep going until I can’t." The hard-throwing left-hander appeared to roll his ankle on a play at first base to end the bottom of the seventh inning, but he said after the game that he feels fine.
Nov 2 - 8:53 AM

Aroldis Chapman was charged with one earned run over 1 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Cubs' World Series Game 6 defeat of the Indians.

Chapman's presence seemed unnecessary with the game well in hand for the Cubs, but manager Joe Maddon was taking no chances in this one. Chapman extinguished a minor threat in the seventh and then worked a scoreless eighth before walking the first batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth. That batter would eventually come around to score off Pedro Strop for the final run of the night. Chapman threw a total of 20 pitches in Chicago's eventual 9-3 victory. He'll be available for Game 7 on Wednesday, but we probably won't see him work multiple innings.
Nov 2 - 12:06 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he could use Aroldis Chapman for multiple innings in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.

"I don't think it's impossible to think that," Maddon told reporters ahead of Game 6 in Cleveland. Chapman recorded the final eight outs of Sunday's Game 5 victory, using 42 pitches, but it's all hands on deck Tuesday with the Cubs trying to force a Game 7 on Wednesday. Chapman has retired 16 of the 18 batters he has faced in this Fall Classic.
Nov 1 - 6:04 PM

Aroldis Chapman was called upon in the seventh inning on Sunday and recorded the final eight outs as the Cubs clung to a one-run advantage over the Indians in Game 5 of the World Series.

If manager Joe Maddon was going to lose on Sunday, it was going to be with his best bullpen arm on the mound. Chapman was summoned with a man on second base and one out in the seventh inning, and he quickly put out the fire. The Indians threatened again in the eighth inning, getting Rajai Davis as far as third base with two outs, but the Indians were unable to cash him in. He allowed just one hit over 2 2/3 innings while striking out four. Chapman now boasts a 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 18/5 K/BB ratio across 13 innings in the postseason.
Oct 30 - 11:51 PM

Aroldis Chapman tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to preserve the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

With a massive rainstorm bearing down on Cleveland, Chapman entered with two outs and a runner on in the eighth inning. The Cubs held a 5-1 lead at the time, so there was no save situation. He struck out Jose Ramirez to end the would-be threat, then recorded the first two outs in the ninth without issue. He did walk Brandon Guyer to extend the frame, but would induce a Roberto Perez ground out to end the game. The rain held off for just long enough to get this one in the books. Onward to Wrigley Field, now, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in a 1-1 series.
Oct 26 - 11:26 PM

Aroldis Chapman gave up two runs in the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

The Cubs had a six-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, so they didn't really need to use him, but he hadn't pitched since Game 2 on Sunday, so Joe Maddon apparently wanted to get him some work. Chapman gave up two hits and a walk before finally snuffing out the last-gasp rally from the Dodgers. He threw 19 pitches and his availability shouldn't be an issue as the series moves to Chicago this weekend.
Oct 21 - 12:59 AM