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Aroldis Chapman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Reds and LHP Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.05 million contract.
Chapman asked for $8.7 million and was offered $6.65 million by the Reds when figures were exchanged last month, so they wound up settling quite a bit higher than the mispoint. The left-hander boasts a 2.32 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 430/122 K/BB ratio through the first 252 2/3 innings of his career. Feb 13 - 10:12 AM

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Aroldis Chapman requested $8.7 million and was offered $6.65 million from the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The flame-throwing southpaw is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $8.3 million through arbitration, which is much closer to Chapman's figure than the Reds. He has posted an elite 2.32 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 430/122 K/BB ratio through the first 252 2/3 innings of his career.
Jan 17 - 12:24 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds are receiving "heavy interest" in Aroldis Chapman.

It was MLB.com's Joe Frisaro who reported earlier Tuesday that the Reds were open to dealing the closer. As Rosenthal notes, the Reds need to drop payroll (an estimated $17 million) and other teams are aware of it, so they're getting tons of calls both on Chapman and Johnny Cueto. Chapman boasts a 2.32 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 430 strikeouts in 252 2/3 career major league innings.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 07:32:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Reds are open to trading closer Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman has two more years of arbitration-eligibility, so he would probably fetch the Reds a big-time return package. The 26-year-old left-handed flamethrower boasts a 2.32 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 430 strikeouts in 252 2/3 career major league innings. Trading him could set off an offseason firesale in Cincinnati.
Source: MLBlogs
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Aroldis Chapman has switched agents and is now represented by Relativity.

Chapman was previously represented by Hendricks Sports. The fireballer is not eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, but he should land a massive contract if he can remain healthy and dominant. The 26-year-old owns a 2.32 ERA over 259 appearances in the majors while averaging 15.3 K/9. He earned $5 million through arbitration this past season.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 08:30:00 AM

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in a scoreless inning to nail down his 36th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

He yielded a bloop single to Starling Marte to lead off the inning but then disposes of the next three hitters via the strikeout. Chapman finishes the season with an even 2.00 ERA and a mind-blowing 106 strikeouts across 54 innings. He also became the first pitcher ever since PITCHf/x was installed in all 30 parks in 2008 to average 100 mph with his fastball.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 05:10:00 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Aroldis Chapman had general stiffness in his arm during a save chance Thursday against the Brewers.

The trainer came out to see Chapman after he struck out the first batter of the ninth inning, but he was allowed to continue and finished off his 35th save of the season. It doesn't sound like a major concern.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 04:38:00 PM

Aroldis Chapman allowed two baserunners but escaped without harm Tuesday, closing out the Brewers for his 34th save.

Chapman had a bit of a rough start, hitting Carlos Gomez and issuing a one-out walk to Jonathan Lucroy to bring the winning run to the plate. But Chapman blew away Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Braun to end the game, recording strikeouts for all three of the outs in the ninth. Chapman owns a 2.12 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 100/24 K/BB ratio over 51 innings this season.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth in a 1-0 game to pick up his 33rd save Thursday against the Cardinals.

Chapman was pitching for the third straight day, so he'll probably get Friday off. That could create a save chance for Sam LeCure.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Aroldis Chapman tallied his 32nd save of the season in Wednesday's 4-2 defeat of the Cardinals.

Chapman got Mark Ellis on a grounder right back to the mound and then struck out Peter Bourjos and Tommy Pham in impressive fashion, at one point hitting 103 mph on the broadcast gun. Chapman has a 2.30 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 92/21 K/BB ratio in 47 innings this season.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:12:00 PM

Aroldis Chapman was asked to get the final out in Tuesday's win, striking out Mark Ellis to earn the save against the Cardinals.

The Reds had a commanding five-run lead at the start of the inning, but one run and a few baserunners later Reds manager Bryan Price was forced to use his closer in a four-run game. And Ellis gave Chapman a workout, seeing 11 pitches before striking out. Still, it was an easy save for Chapman, who has 31 saves and a 2.35 ERA through 46 innings this season.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Aroldis Chapman allowed the tying run to reach base, but escaped the ninth inning unharmed as he picked up his 28th save in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

Chapman allowed a lead-off single to Arismendy Alcantara, then struck out the next two batters before walking Chris Coghlan to put the tying run on base. The lefty was able to get Javier Baez to fly out to deep center field to end the contest. Chapman is now 28-for-30 in save chances with a 2.49 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and an 85/19 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Aroldis Chapman picked up his 27th save of the season in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Braves.

Chapman struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning to protect Cincy's one-run lead. He's seemingly got his juice back after making it through a left shoulder scare earlier this month.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 12:03:00 AM

Aroldis Chapman fired two scoreless innings and struck out four on Friday.

The game lasted twelve innings, which allowed Chapman a chance to work for multiple innings. One inning, two innings, it doesn't really matter for the Cuban flamethrower. He allowed one hit, but didn't walk a batter. The four punch-outs give him an even 80 for the year in just over 39 innings pitched. Chapman's ERA (2.61) is his highest since 2011, but he's also allowing the lowest BAA of his career (.133).
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:51:00 AM

Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) expects to be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Wednesday.

Chapman walked all four batters he faced on Sunday and has been sidelined in the days since because of an achy shoulder. But the hard-throwing left-hander threw a side session on Wednesday afternoon and reported no issues. The struggling Cincinnati bullpen needs its best weapon on Wednesday night in St. Louis.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 05:54:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
4Lou Marson
1B1Joey Votto
2Josh Satin
3Neftali Soto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Irving Falu
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
3Chris Dominguez
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
3Donald Lutz
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Raisel Iglesias
7Dylan Axelrod
8David Holmberg
9Paul Maholm
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jumbo Diaz
3Sam LeCure
4Burke Badenhop
5Sean Marshall
6JJ Hoover
7Manny Parra
8Jose Mijares
9Pedro Villarreal
10Carlos Contreras
11Daniel Corcino
12Ryan Dennick
13Kevin Gregg
14Nate Adcock