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Aroldis Chapman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Heyman says the Dodgers are "very focused on a bullpen that needs upgrading," and will likely address some of those holes before turning back to Zack Greinke and the starting pitching market. Chapman is the most dominant reliever in the sport, boasting 546 strikeouts in 319 career innings, and he would make sense for any club looking to be competitive in 2016. Los Angeles certainly has the prospects to pull it off. Nov 23 - 11:04 AM
Source: CBS Sports

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Reds and Red Sox discussed a trade for Aroldis Chapman but the Reds wanted more than what the Red Sox eventually sent to San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade.

President of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said earlier this week the Reds weren't close to trading Chapman and now we have a better idea why. Many people around baseball thought the Padres got a huge return for Kimbrel, so Cincinnati's asking price for Chapman must be through the roof. The Astros, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Yankees are just a few of the teams that have been linked to Chapman this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 21 - 8:27 PM

Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said Wednesday that there's no trade that's close for Aroldis Chapman, but that he hopes to move the closer before the Winter Meetings.

The Red Sox and Tigers are likely off the board as possibilities now, but Chapman should still have plenty of suitors. The Astros, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, and Nationals are among the other teams who reportedly have interest in the flamethrower. Over six seasons of work with the Reds, Chapman holds a 2.17 ERA with a 546/155 K/BB ratio across 319 innings. He's under team control for one more year, so the Reds are unlikely to get a package back like the Padres did for Craig Kimbrel, but the price figures to be high.
Nov 18 - 9:48 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have inquired on closers on the trade market, but aren't comfortable with the asking prices.

Rosenthal uses the Reds' Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees' Andrew Miller as two examples, but plenty more are rumored to be available at the moment, including the Pirates' Mark Melancon, the Phillies' Ken Giles, and the Rays' Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee. Either way, the club isn't prepared to give up the players it would likely take to land them. It's worth noting that the Tigers are also talking about a reunion with free agent reliever Joakim Soria.
Nov 18 - 8:50 AM

Reds GM Dick Williams said the Red Sox inquired about Aroldis Chapman but a deal was never imminent.

This was before Boston swapped four prospects for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel on Friday night. "We talked to them," said Williams. "The Red Sox moved really quickly. We never got far down the road." Chapman, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Joey Votto could all be offered as trade chips as Cincinnati begins its rebuilding process this offseason. Peter Gammons said Thursday the Reds were expected to deal Chapman by the end of the weekend.
Nov 14 - 6:10 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are doing "background work" on Aroldis Chapman.

Rosenthal notes that this indicates a "sincerity of interest" but in no way means a deal is close. Peter Gammons heard from four different people Thursday morning that Chapman will be traded by the end of the weekend, and the Red Sox certainly have the prospects to pull it off. But there are a ton of teams in the running here. Chapman, 27, boasts a 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career major league innings.
Nov 12 - 2:15 PM

Peter Gammons has heard from four different people that Aroldis Chapman will be traded by the end of the weekend.

A major rebuild is about to begin for the Reds, with Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce also reportedly on the block. Joey Votto and Todd Frazier could also be moved this winter or next summer if the return package is right. Chapman has been one of the most dominant relievers in Major League Baseball since arriving from Cuba in 2010, boasting a 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career innings. He's probably drawing interest from well over a dozen teams.
Nov 12 - 11:55 AM

Robert Murray of reports that the Reds are looking to trade Aroldis Chapman and Brandon Phillips.

Murray says that the club is also willing to listen to offers for Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce. The Reds received plenty of interest in Chapman at the trade deadline in July but wound up hanging onto him, with many reports saying that their asking price was exorbitant. However, they could be more motivated to swap him this winter as they look to rebuild their roster. The Astros, Yankees and Diamondbacks were among the clubs that had interest in Chapman at the deadline, but there would figure to be a host of teams to inquire on him this offseason. Phillips is 34 and is owed $27 million through 2017, so the Reds might have to eat some of his contract in order to trade him.
Nov 9 - 10:04 PM

Aroldis Chapman blew the save on Tuesday against the Giants, allowing two runs (one earned) while recording five outs, but the Reds eventually won 9-8 in 10 innings.

Chapman entered the game with the Giants threatening, as runners were on first and second base with one out. The lefty struck out Brandon Belt, but walked pinch-hitter Madison Bumgarner and hit Ehire Adrianza with a pitch to force in a run to make it 8-6. Chapman struck out De Aza to end the frame. In the ninth, Angel Pagan led off with a double. Then, with one out, Matt Duffy reached on an infield single and Pagan scored on Todd Frazier's throwing error. Buster Posey followed up with an RBI single to tie the game. Chapman bounced back to get the final two outs. It was certainly an uncharacteristic outing, to say the least. He's now 30-for-33 in save chances with a 1.80 ERA and a 107/30 K/BB ratio over 60 innings.
Sep 16 - 2:28 AM

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side Saturday against the Cardinals to finish off Friday's suspended game.

Chapman has now reached 30 saves for the fourth straight season. The 27-year-old fireballer has a 1.70 ERA with 105 strikeouts over 58 1/3 innings this season.
Sep 12 - 1:27 PM

Aroldis Chapman tossed a scoreless inning against the Pirates on Monday for his 29th save of the season.

Asked to hold a two-run lead, Chapman struck out Josh Harrison swinging before hitting Sean Rodriguez with a pitch. However, he picked off Rodriguez before striking out Starling Marte swinging to end it. The fireballer is 29-for-31 in save chances this season to go along with a dominant 1.73 ERA and 102/29 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings.
Sep 7 - 4:06 PM

Aroldis Chapman worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 28th save in Sunday's 6-3 victory over the Brewers.

Chapman struck out Jean Segura, got Elian Herrera to ground out, and struck out Hernan Perez to end the game. The lefty now has 100 strikeouts in his fourth consecutive season. He's 28-for-30 in save chances this year with a 1.76 ERA and a 100/29 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings.
Sep 6 - 4:31 PM

Aroldis Chapman recorded the final five outs of Monday's 13-6 win against the Cubs to earn his 26th save.

The Reds were leading 7-5 when Chapman entered the game, with one out and runners on first and second. The lefty fanned Tommy La Stella, then Kris Bryant was caught on a double-steal attempt to end the inning. The Reds scored six times in the top of the ninth inning. In the bottom half, Chapman allowed a two-out solo home run to Addison Russell, then struck out Dexter Fowler to end the game. The lefty is now 26-for-28 in save situations with a 1.82 ERA and a 96/28 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings.
Aug 31 - 11:49 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) was available on Sunday.

But no save situation arose so Price did not use the Cuban closer. Chapman was bothered last week by a bit of shoulder soreness, but he should be fine going forward. Cincinnati will play a makeup game against the Tigers on Monday and then move on to a three-game set with the Dodgers.
Aug 24 - 3:51 PM

Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) had a good throwing session prior to Saturday's game.

Chapman has been unavailable the last few days with a sore shoulder, but he's making progress and could be given the green light any day now. "He’s day-to-day," Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday. "It’s impossible for me to say if he’s available today. We’re always kicking the tires. It’s one of those things that doesn’t necessitate a (disabled list move). It’s one of those things where we’re going to eventually say he’s ready for the game today." JJ Hoover will serve as the Reds' closer until Chapman is ready.
Aug 23 - 9:43 AM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
4Ramon Cabrera
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Tyler Holt
RF1Jay Bruce
2Ryan LaMarre
Starting Pitcher
S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3Raisel Iglesias
4Brandon Finnegan
5John Lamb
6Michael Lorenzen
7Keyvius Sampson
8Jon Moscot
9Salvatore Romano
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2JJ Hoover
3Jumbo Diaz
4Tony Cingrani
5Blake Wood
6Ryan Mattheus
7Carlos Contreras
8Pedro Villarreal
9Stephen Johnson