UPDATE: Dodgers deal for Aroldis Chapman not done yet

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UPDATE: Not so fast my friends. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon says the trade sending Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers has not been completed and other teams could still be in the mix

The details are sketchy, but perhaps when the identity of the prospects coming back from the Dodgers to Cincinnati wasn’t immediately reported we should have guessed that there was a hitch in the deal here. Updates as warranted, of course.

10:30: AM: The Dodgers may have some rotation questions, but their bullpen is suddenly looking amazing: Ken Rosenthal reports that Los Angeles has acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Reds for two prospects. The identity of the prospects is not known and the deal is pending medicals.

Chapman, of course, is the most dominant reliever in baseball, with a 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career major league innings. He’ll be paid $8.05 million in 2016 and can then become a free agent. Since the Dodgers only have him for one year, one would assume the prospect package isn’t elite-level, but we don’t know yet. Jon Heyman reports that the prospects are NOT not Corey Seager, Julio Urias or Jose Deleon

Chapman will close for the Dodgers with Kenley Jansen setting up. That’s one crazy good way to close out games.

 

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.