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Philies out, Orioles in on Chapman

Dec 8, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

The Orioles reportedly met with the agents for Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday. According to the Baltimore Sun, Chapman has been “positively inclined” toward the Orioles since the club played the Cuban national team in 1999.
The Phillies, on the other hand, appear to be out of the mix for Chapman. GM Ruben Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he wouldn’t even send a scout if Chapman set up a showcase for himself later this winter.
It’s a strong contradiction from reports Monday that suggested the Phillies could be a chief rival to the Yankees and Red Sox for Chapman’s services.

  1. Josh - Dec 8, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Schmuck thinks that Chapman was “positively inclined” because the O’s played Cuba when Chapman was *11*?
    Chapman is most likely positively inclined to sign with the team that provides the highest (or at least close to the highest) bonus and a clear path and plan to the ML.

  2. Beanster - Dec 8, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    I think “positively inclined” actually means “They’re the goofballs who gave Daniel Cabrera almost 150 starts and let him walk almost 500 batters – sounds perfect!”

  3. Grant - Dec 8, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    +1
    Color me unimpressed by what I’ve heard about Chapman. I’m glad the O’s are willing to spend, but I really don’t like who they’ve been attached to this off-season. Uggla? Chapman? Millwood? meh, OK, meh.

  4. Cru11 - Dec 9, 2009 at 12:16 AM

    From what Ive read on previous articles about Chapman it seems that the Sox are not interested in. Am I wrong?

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