Overnight we heard that the Diamondbacks were making a push for Aroldis Chapman. Even in those reports it was said that the Reds were asking the moon for him. I guess the moon was too much for Arizona:
The Yankees are still said to be interested, but as I noted earlier, that could just be a bluff to get the Padres price on Craig Kimbrel to go down.
It was reported earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were talking to the Reds about closer Aroldis Chapman and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman now hears that they have made an offer and are awaiting a reply.
The Diamondbacks would need to go on a big run to make the playoffs, so Chapman is an odd fit for them. A closer is a luxury in such a situation, which is why the Reds are exploring offers for him. However, it’s clear that Cincinnati will have to be overwhelmed in order to make a deal.
Chapman is making $8.05 million this season and will go through arbitration one more time before becoming a free agent after the 2016 season.
Maybe they’re all like “man, your reliever sure does throw the ball fast! OK, gotta go now. Need to find ways to improve our team, as we are clearly in need of more than just a closer!”
Talking is free, I guess. What on Earth the Dbacks would do with Chapman is beyond me, however. Maybe they’re competing with the Rockies for the “Most Clueless Organization in Baseball” award.