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Aroldis Chapman | Relief Pitcher | #54

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Aroldis Chapman will not face criminal charges in Davie, Florida for his October domestic incident.
Chapman allegedly pushed and choked his girlfriend (now fiancée) in a theater room at his house on October 30 before firing off at least eight gunshots in his garage. But he was not arrested on that night and the woman, Cristina Barnea, does not want to prosecute. Chapman was traded from the Reds to the Yankees on December 28 and is expected to open the 2016 season as the Yankees' closer. The domestic incident came to light in early December as the Dodgers were nearing a blockbuster deal for the Cuban left-hander. Major League Baseball is still investigating the matter and could levy some sort of punishment under its new domestic violence policy. Jan 21 - 1:57 PM

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Aroldis Chapman requested $13.1 million and was offered $9 million by the Yankees when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

It's hard to imagine where the Yankees came up with their low figure, as Chapman was projected by to earn $12.9 million. Obviously, the two sides have a large gap to close if they want to avoid an arbitration hearing.
Jan 15 - 5:04 PM

Yankees acquired LHP Aroldis Chapman from the Reds in exchange for RHPs Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis, 3B Eric Jagielo and 2B Tony Renda.

The deal was first reported earlier Monday by YES Network's Jack Curry and is now official. Chapman will take over the ninth inning in New York, with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances settling into setup duties in what promises to be a ridiculous bullpen. The package for the Reds is relatively light, but that's not surprising since Chapman is facing a potential suspension for an alleged domestic abuse incident back in October. JJ Hoover should take over as the Reds' new closer.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 04:41:00 PM

YES Network's Jack Curry reports that the Yankees are close to acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Reds.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the deal is done, although there's no word yet on what the Yankees will send to the Reds in the trade. Chapman was nearly shipped to the Dodgers in a deal earlier this month before it fell apart when it was revealed that the reliever was involved in an alleged domestic abuse incident. Chapman still faces a potential suspension as a result of that situation, but that apparently hasn't scared the Yankees off. Assuming neither Andrew Miller nor Dellin Betances are part of the trade, they'll set up for Chapman in what would have to represent the best 1-2-3 bullpen punch in the majors.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 04:11:00 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday that the team is not currently pursuing Aroldis Chapman due to the allegation that he's facing.

The Reds are still actively trying to trade the star left-hander, but his alleged domestic violence incident has thrown a wrench into their plans. They may have to wait until the league hands down disciplinary action before a team is willing to trade for him.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 11:54:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears the Reds are still trying to trade closer Aroldis Chapman.

It came to light earlier this week that Chapman was involved in a domestic dispute in October during which he allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired off eight gunshots inside his garage at his home in Davie, Florida. No charges have been brought against the Cuban closer, but Major League Baseball is investigating the incident and the Dodgers backed away from a blockbuster trade for him on Monday night. Rosenthal says a lengthy suspension "could result in an extra year of team control over Chapman," which might make him more attractive to potential suitors in the long run. It's a very fluid situation, and we wouldn't expect any sort of movement anytime soon.
Source: FOX Sports
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 02:50:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers have moved on from Aroldis Chapman.

Los Angeles was close to a trade for the fireballing Cuban closer on Monday when a police report from October came to light that detailed an alleged domestic assault involving strangulation of a woman and the firing of eight gunshots. No charges have been filed against Chapman, but Major League Baseball is currently investigating the incident under its new domestic abuse policy. Chapman is highly doubtful to be traded at any point in the near future. Heyman says the Dodgers could try for Yankees closer Andrew Miller or shift their focus to offensive upgrades.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 08:58:00 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes that the Astros will be waiting if the Dodgers' deal for Aroldis Chapman falls apart.

It's unclear whether this is just speculation on Nightengale's part, but the Astros have been connected to Chapman in the past. The Dodgers agreed to acquire Chapman from the Reds on Monday, but the deal is on hold while MLB investigates an alleged domestic violence incident. It's a very uncertain situation and it's hard to imagine anyone wanting to trade for him until there's some sort of clarity on his status.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 09:54:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by at least one team that spoke with the Reds that Aroldis Chapman might have injured a hand in his alleged domestic violence incident.

The police report from the incident says Chapman punched the passenger’s side window of his car and cut his left pinkie knuckle, so that's presumably what the potential injury is in reference to. It doesn't seem like the injury would have any lasting effects, however. Major League Baseball is investigating the incident involving Chapman and his girlfriend.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 12:37:00 AM

Mark Saxon of reports that a potential trade sending Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers is "now in the hands of Major League Baseball."

MLB is investigating an alleged domestic incident involving Chapman and his girlfriend. Neither Reds general manager Walt Jocketty nor Dodgers president Andrew Friedman declared the deal dead when asked, so it sounds like they'll let the investigation play out and see whether Chapman is suspended. Jocketty said that it could be a few weeks until a decision is made, although it's unclear whether he's just guessing or has been given a rough timetable by MLB.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 11:15:00 PM

Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports report that Aroldis Chapman was involved in an alleged domestic incident with his girlfriend at his home in October.

The incident -- which occurred on October 30 at Chapman’s home in Florida -- involved Chapman firing eight gunshots in his garage and allegedly choking and pushing his girlfriend against a wall after the two had an argument about something she saw on his phone. No arrests were made in the incident "due to conflicting stories and a lack of cooperation from all parties involved," the police report states. Still, Major League Baseball plans to investigate and it's possible Chapman could face a suspension. Not surprisingly, Brown and Passan say that the revelation has held up and could ultimately nix a trade that would send Chapman to the Dodgers. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said that if the trade does go down, it would likely take weeks to complete.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 09:52:00 PM's Mark Sheldon says the trade sending Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers has not been completed and other teams could still be in the mix for the star closer.

OK then. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday morning that Chapman had been dealt to Los Angeles, but there's been no word on the return package in the hours since and the Reds are apparently still accepting offers from clubs for their fireballing Cuban closer. Stay tuned.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 03:12:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Reds for two prospects.

The two sides were said to be close to a deal on Sunday night, and they finally put the right puzzle pieces together on Monday morning -- the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville. Chapman is presumably going to take over the ninth inning in Los Angeles, with Kenley Jansen moving to a setup role. The 27-year-old Cuban flamethrower owns an outstanding 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career major league innings.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are no longer in the mix to acquire Aroldis Chapman.

The club had significant interest in acquiring him near the trade deadline, but it appears that they'll look elsewhere to upgrade their bullpen. The Dodgers and Astros are believed to be the most aggressive, with a deal expected to be consummated at the Winter Meetings.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:54:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers are in talks to acquire closer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds.

The Dodgers would be sending prospects back to the Reds in the deal. The Dodgers have long claimed that Julio Urias is untouchable in trades, so it'll be interesting to see what type of return package the Reds are able to secure in the deal. With many clubs clamoring for the All-Star southpaw, they can afford to aim high.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:15:00 PM

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