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REPORT: Chapman agrees to $30 mil. deal with Reds

Jan 10, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

2:46 P.M.: Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe and Mail is confirming that it is indeed the Reds. Given how late the Jays were in the hunt, they, and thus he, would probably be in a position to know.  UPDATE: Jeff Passan, who had the original report, confirms as well.

1:56 P.M: Surprise! It looks like it’s the Reds. Passan first narrowed it down to an NL Central team and then adds that a flight left Ft. Lauderdale for Cincinnati this morning. A source tells Passan it’s a $30 mil. deal over five years. Stay tuned for confirmation.
12:42 P.M.: There’s a tweet circulating from someone claiming to be Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports that says the following:

Cuban LHP Aroldis
Chapman agrees to $30M deal with National League team, according to
source. Left Ft. Lauderdale airport this a.m. to sign.

I’m posting this with the caveat that the account was just created and people have been burned with similar reports in the past.

Just a little background while we wait on the validity of this report, the Blue Jays and Angels have emerged as the front-runners for the Cuban left-hander in recent weeks. The Marlins made an offer to Chapman, but hoped that South Florida, and not cash, could make the difference in negotiations. The Reds were floated as a possibility by Ken Rosenthal as recently as Friday.

Update: Apologies to Passan, as the account appears to be real. In a report for Yahoo! Sports, Passan has no update on the possible team, but writes that the Astros and Nationals sent their general managers to the workout for Houston last month. He also notes that the Mets and recently, the Reds have expressed interest in the 21-year-old southpaw.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 10, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    I could be very wrong, but I just don’t see it being Cincinnati. The team really hamstrung itself when it made the Rolen deal, and the off-season renegotiation/extension of Rolen’s contract was designed to give “salary relief” this year, not provide for anyone else. They would have to get rid of one of their higher-priced players (Harang, Arroyo, Phillips, Cordero) at a discount in order to either afford Chapman or admit that they’ve been lying (no!) to the fans.

  2. Fast Eddy - Jan 10, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    What don’t you see? 6 Mil a year is not too much for any MLB team. I don’t see anyone signing a pitcher with good ability for less than that. Even KC can afford this man. the question is: How long will it take for him to play at MLB level?

  3. Old Gator - Jan 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    I don’t think Aroldis will have a problem. A daily helping of Skyline Chili five ways with a bowl of oyster crackers and he’ll have the horsepower to go the distance every time. Anyway, if he doesn’t work out for the Reds, he can always wander down to the Bengals’ training camp this Fall and see if he can throw a football. After the way Palmer threw during the last two games, how much worse could he do?

  4. Andrew Kwon - Jan 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Congrats to the Reds, didn’t see that one coming. At least the jays gave it a shot. Things have been going pretty well this offseason for them, as well as you can expect for a team that is going to lose close to 100 games. Someone was bound not to work out.

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