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Marlins join the bidding for Chapman

Dec 20, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT

Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has another offer on the table, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Marlins offered Chapman a five-year deal in the vicinity of $13
million. Chapman already has one offer on the table from the Red Sox,
believed to be for around $15.5 million. It probably won’t be enough to
land the heralded-defector, however they hope South Florida could be a
draw.




Chapman, 21, threw a bullpen session in front of representatives of more than 15 teams in Houston on Tuesday,
reaching as high as 97 mph on the radar gun, though he was mostly in
the 92-93 mph range, according to Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN.com. On a related note, Phil Rodgers of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs
are among a group of teams exploring a deal for the talented southpaw.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Too funny. The bid is two and a half million dollars lower than a bid already known to be on the table and Loria and Beinfest actually want us to believe that they think the “lure” of South Beach and a couple of million of the same Cubans he just escaped from instead of a couple of million dollars will bring him here. Earth to Loria and Beinfest: by know he already knows he can find pretty good media noche sandwiches, ropa vieja and mamey batidos in New York, Boston or Los Angeles. Hell, I know a terrific Cuban cafe in goddamned Tokyo (in the little plaza on the southwest side of the Tsukuji fish market, matter of fack).
    If the Feesh had held on to Aaron Thompson instead of trading him away for a partial season of Nick Johnson, then losing him to free agency without so much as a Potemkin offer like the one they just made for Aroldis, they wouldn’t even need to be putting themselves, and us, through this idiotic charade.

  2. Peter Earl - Dec 25, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Charade is exactly right. This is a move to appeal to a frustrated fan base, “see, we made an offer…we ARE trying to improve.”
    I don’t dismiss the fact that South Florida is a draw to Chapman, in fact I believe he expressed that sentiment already. However, in the end the money will talk and Marlins are not going to be competitive. Take $2 million from what ever BS Saturday concert night they’re planning and throw it to Chapman’s deal.

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