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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Aroldis Chapman was unavailable for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks due to a sore left shoulder.

The severity of the injury remains unclear, but it occurred during Tuesday's blown save. The fire-balling 27-year-old is in the midst of another dominant season, compiling a 1.81 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 89/25 K/BB ratio through 49 2/3 innings. While it doesn't sound like the disabled list is in play just yet, with the Reds having nothing to play for the rest of the way there's no need to risk Chapman's health.
Aug 20 - 10:56 PM

Aroldis Chapman allowed a solo home run, failing to get the save in Tuesday's 13-inning loss to the Royals.

Chapman threw a slider to Ben Zobrist, who promptly deposited it in the seats in left field to tie the game up at 1-1 in the ninth inning. It's the first homer the lefty allowed since serving one up to Maikel Franco on June 3. Chapman is now 24-for-26 in save situations with a 1.81 ERA and an 89/25 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings.
Aug 18 - 11:52 PM

Aroldis Chapman struck out two and earned his 24th save of the season with a scoreless ninth in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Chapman entered the proceedings with his team up 4-1. He allowed a one-out single to Aaron Hill, then advanced Hill to second with a wild pitch before recording the next two outs sans incident. The flame-throwing lefty is the owner of a 1.70 ERA and 86/25 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings. He's now 24-for-25 in save chances.
Aug 8 - 11:56 PM

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the ninth inning to close out the Reds' 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Chapman fanned Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk before getting Mark Reynolds to fly out to end the game. The left-hander now owns a 1.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 81/24 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings this year. He could have gained some trade value with a move at the deadline, but even in Cincinnati Chapman is the game's best reliever.
Aug 4 - 10:17 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that trade talks between the Diamondbacks and Reds involving Aroldis Chapman are "completely dead."

Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa reportedly really wanted Chapman, with the idea that the club would trade for him and then ink him to a contract extension. But, it appears they were unable to meet the Reds' asking price. The Astros are still after Chapman.
Jul 31 - 3:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros "continue to talk" to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman.

The Astros have also been connected to Craig Kimbrel, but Heyman says he "may be backup plan," as Houston ownership "is said to want Chapman." FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has said it's "50/50" as to whether Chapman winds up being dealt. The Diamondbacks had been in the mix but the Reds don't appear too enticed by the package they offered.
Jul 31 - 1:51 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Diamondbacks are considered a "long shot" to land Aroldis Chapman, as the Reds "now have stronger offers."

It's unclear which teams made the other offers, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman notes that the Astros are in the mix and Chapman has also been connected to the Yankees. The flamethrower would obviously move into the closer role wherever he goes, so Luke Gregorson or Andrew Miller could be headed to a setup role.
Jul 31 - 10:56 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa wants Aroldis Chapman "badly."

Rosenthal says that the out-of-contention Diamondbacks would acquire Chapman with the idea of signing him to a contract extension. Chapman is making $8.05 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time over the winter. Of course, whether Chapman would be agreeable to a long-term deal with Arizona isn't known. It's unclear at this point if a trade is close.
Jul 31 - 10:11 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Yankees are one of five teams "aggressively pursuing" Aroldis Chapman.

The Diamondbacks are known to be one of the others clubs. The Giants have poked around on Chapman but might be out of it after trading some assets for Mike Leake. The Yankees appear dead-set on adding a closer despite already having Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, as they've also been linked heavily to Craig Kimbrel.
Jul 31 - 9:43 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have made an offer to the Reds for star closer Aroldis Chapman.

It is still somewhat puzzling that the Diamondbacks maintain such a high level of interest in acquiring Chapman, as a closer is a luxury and would seemingly be a waste in their current situation. However, if they have serious intentions on competing in 2016 and view him as the missing piece, it makes some sense. The Reds are in desperate need of rotation help and the Diamondbacks do possess several interesting young arms. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 10:07 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks are talking to the Reds about a trade for Aroldis Chapman.

It would be a weird move for the Diamondbacks, who aren't in contention this season. A dominant closer is a luxury in such a situation, but Arizona apparently sees him as a difference-maker as they look toward 2016. Chapman, who will be eligible for free agency after next season, has also reportedly drawn interest from the Nationals.
Jul 28 - 3:20 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants have inquired to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman.

Morosi says there haven't been any offers exchanged so far. The Nationals have also been linked to Chapman, although it's not a given that the Reds will trade him since he's under team control through another season. Chapman would push Santiago Casilla to a setup role if he winds up in San Francisco.
Jul 27 - 5:51 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Reds' asking price for Aroldis Chapman is "exorbitant."

Stark adds that other clubs are "not sure (Reds owner Bob Castellini) wants to move him." It's no surprise, of course, that the club's asking price for Chapman would be sky-high, as he's arguably the best closer in baseball and is under team control through next season. The Nationals are one team that's been linked to Chapman, but a deal probably isn't terribly likely.
Jul 24 - 12:14 PM

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