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Aroldis Chapman likely Toronto or Anaheim bound

Jan 6, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports that while the Marlins have upped their offer for Aroldis Chapman, their offer is not the highest and they are hoping that his comfort level in South Florida helps make up the difference.  I guess I understand the Cuban-player-in-Miami thing, but Chapman has played ball all over the world and is, technically speaking, a resident of Andorra. I think he’ll find a way to adjust even if he’s not in Miami.

So where will he go?  Rodriguez reports that the Angels and Blue Jays have the highest offers out to the lefty, both in the $21 million range.  Chapman, Rodriguez says, is expected to make a decision in the next three or four days.

  1. Josh - Jan 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    For the Jays to be in the running to land Chapman is a testament to the way the front office will be operating under new GM Alex Anthopolous. This is a very good sign for Jays fans and an indication that the team should be back in contention within a couple of years.
    In the AL East, there are really only two ways to compete; either spend like crazy (and in the right places) on an annual basis, or build a very deep and talented farm system and develop a winner from within (then spend wisely once the youngsters are ready to produce). Let’s hope ownership makes the necessary resources available on a consistent basis.

  2. cliff - Jan 6, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    A big issue with Chapman I haven’t seen addressed is length of contract. Most everyone figures he needs at least a year of the minors. However, the talk is Major League contract, guaranteed. So, how many Major League years end up being covered by this contract? If it is a 7 year contract a relatively flat, the 21 is an easy number to justify. If it is heavy on the front load or 4 years or less, then he better be better than a mediocre Major League bullpen lefty or the signing team got slammed.
    A curious question. If the Yankees and the Red Sox are both out of the running, is that kind of like Bernard Baruch selling his stocks? As in, have the smart guys left the market with the chumps chasing up the price of tulips?

  3. Ray Wider - Jan 17, 2010 at 4:10 AM

    I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks – you cleared up some things for me!

  4. SEO - Jan 19, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Great Post. I’ll look forward to your next article

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