Two weeks ago the Reds revealed plans to have Aroldis Chapman stretch out his arm by working as a starter in winter ball, but before that they’ll send him to the Arizona Fall League.
Rarely do players with more than one full season in the majors participate in the AFL, but Chapman is attempting to transition to a new role and is still just 23 years old.
He’s expected to appear in three games before the end of the month and throw 2-3 innings in each outing, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. And if all goes well Chapman will be ready to take on a more typical starter workload by the time he gets to Puerto Rico.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.