Struggles at Triple-A likely mean Aroldis Chapman isn’t ready to rejoin Reds

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Aroldis Chapman was back in the Reds’ clubhouse yesterday and is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his struggles while rehabbing a shoulder injury at Triple-A make it unlikely he’ll be activated.

Chapman, who was placed on the DL in the first place for control problems as much as shoulder problems, has an 8/2 K/BB ratio in five outings at Triple-A. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that he’s allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings while Triple-A hitters batted .375 off him, which isn’t encouraging from a guy who’s held overpowered major-league hitters to a .170 batting average.

Sheldon notes that Cincinnati’s bullpen could certainly use some help right now, but pitching coach Bryan Price indicated that the Reds want to see Chapman string together some impressive appearances at Triple-A before returning.

Anthony Rendon is open to an extension with the Nationals

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Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.

Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.

Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.