Reds Sign Aroldis Chapman

The Reds officially signed free agent lefty Aroldis Chapman to a six-year deal worth $30.25MM today.  Said GM Walt Jocketty: "We have to make some bold moves from time to time."  The Reds got involved just before Christmas, and Jocketty said he was happy to stay under the radar.  Chapman's payments will be spread out over ten years, and Jocketty noted that the contract will not significantly impact the Reds' 2010 payroll.  The Reds' GM wouldn't predict when Chapman would join the Major League rotation, but wouldn't rule out the possibility of him breaking camp with the team.

Chapman, 21, defected from the Cuban national team in July and established residency in the small European nation of Andorra in September.  An agency called Athletes Premier International represented Chapman along his path toward big league free agency, but he switched to the Hendricks brothers in November.  Armed with a mid-90s fastball and a plus slider, Chapman generated widespread interest.  The Red Sox, Marlins, Nationals, and Blue Jays reportedly made strong offers, and ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Athletics finished second.  The early notion that Chapman's price tag would limit bidding to large-market clubs proved false.

News of Chapman's agreement with the Reds broke yesterday via Yahoo's Jeff PassanJohn Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer and MLB.com's Mark Sheldon added details.

Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.


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363 Comments on "Reds Sign Aroldis Chapman"


tunstel
5 years 7 months ago

come on Reds. I dont even care if hes a bust I just want to see them having a pulse.

justme
5 years 7 months ago

wow a shocker….if this kid pans out the reds are going have a monster rotation with what they already have and him probably 2 years away but still this could be huge for them.

5 years 7 months ago

Volquez, Cueto, Bailey, Chapman *shivers*

Ohhhplease
5 years 7 months ago

Bailey sends shivers down the backs of the AAA players he has pitched against, but has not lived been nearly as effective in the Majors…IF (and it is a HUGE if) Chapman works out Volquez, Cueto and Chapman could be a huge 1-3….until Dusty Baker blows their arms out….

5 years 7 months ago

At least the Reds seem to understand that given their home park they need guys with good K rates….they can’t have any pitch to defense type starters, they won’t survive there.

revans52us
5 years 7 months ago

Bailey added a sinker the last half of this past season and was pretty lights out. I’m thinking the the kid has finally turned the corner, but we’ll see come the start of this next season.

5 years 7 months ago

That’s very true. I guess I’m still reminiscing of Bailey’s top prospect days.

khdfs
5 years 7 months ago

how can you forget leake?

5 years 7 months ago

I don’t know… That makes it even more impressive. Good catch.

farkel44
5 years 7 months ago

Plus, you forgot two decent innings producing arms that most teams would love to have.

Josh Bresser
2 years 5 months ago

Edinson Volquez is so good

5 years 7 months ago

Reds!

Silent Gonzalez
5 years 7 months ago

Wow…..30M’s to start at AA maybe AAA, on MLB Network it was said to be around 20 M’s not close to 30M’s…..

5 years 7 months ago

Reds or Mets

5 years 7 months ago

wow really, i doubt the mets would be involved, i wouldnt pay 30mil for this guy, he hasnt pitched a game in the majors

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

He’s better than any free agent pitcher left.

Wolfbane
5 years 7 months ago

Based on what?

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

Just look at who is left. Bedard: durability issues. Sheets: didn’t pitch at all last year. Wang: Barely pitched, sucked when he did, won’t be ready till May. Piniero: One good year the last 6. Smoltz: Really not more than a 4/5th starter in the NL. Washburn: got injured last year. Not much more than a 4th starter. Pedro: Only started 9 games last year, 12 if you count the post-season.

That’s just about everyone worth looking at. Anyone better than a back-end starter has health issues.

RidiculousPage
5 years 7 months ago

And then there’s Chapman: A guy no one’s seen in the Majors and supposedly has character issues, not to mention the fact that he won’t help anyone with that horrible BB/9 ratio. If he signs, he’s not here to help this year, he’s here for the future. You’re basically buying a draft pick.

LUVCUBSGO
5 years 7 months ago

CUBS. This would give them the best rotation in all of the majors.

Get it done Hendry!

5 years 7 months ago

Please don’t comment when you don’t know about an issue. He wont be in the majors. He’s going to start in the minors at either AA or AAA. Either way, that wouldn’t give the cubs the best rotation in the majors.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

Even if chapman becomes all he is cracked up to be, cubs still wouldn’t have the best rotation. That title belongs to the red sox, white sox, cardinals, and braves

wildabeast4
5 years 7 months ago

uh, how bout the Giants??? Its shameful to leave them out.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

After Cain, they’re nothing but garbage. I’ll agree that they have a strong 1-2. The Diamondbacks have a better overall rotation.

wildabeast4
5 years 7 months ago

Oh please. Nothing but garbage? You don’t know baseball if you think J. Sanchez is garbage. He is lefty who throws in the mid-90’s with unbelievable movement and he is progressively getting better. Yeah Zito is WAY overpaid, but he is strong number four, and above average at times. And their fifth starter could very well be Madison Bumgarner, who is touted as one of the top prospects in the game.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

One no-hitter followed by an average season and now your touting him a star? Zito = BP. Numbers don’t lie. 1-5 there are at least 6 teams better than the Giants, and that’s just the truth. Cold hard truth.

wildabeast4
5 years 7 months ago

“He is lefty who throws in the mid-90’s with unbelievable movement and he is progressively getting better.”

It doesnt seem like I touted him as a star anywhere in there, does it? I stated the facts. He is a lefty = true. He throws in the mid-90’s = true. He has unbelievable movement = true. He is progressively getting better = true (see stats below). NO where do i ever say he is a star.

Sanchez Stats:
2008:
Season ERA: 5.01
WHIP: 1.45
K/9: 8.94
OPPONENTS BA: .257

2009:
Season ERA: 4.24
WHIP: 1.37
K/9: 9.74
OPPONENTS BA: .221
ERA Before All Star Break: 4.69
ERA After All Star Break: 3.83

Sanchez improved in almost every category and the guy strikes out more than a batter per inning.

You said: “1-5 there are at least 6 better than the Giants, and thats just the truth. cold hard truth.”

Man, you really should check stats before you say stupid things like that. The cold hard truth is that the Giants had the third best starter ERA in the MLB (3.58), the most complete games (11), the third most innings pitched (985), the most strikeouts by a longshot (894), and the best BAA (.234).

Your right on one account: numbers dont lie.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

C’mon, you were drooling all over your keyboard as you were typing. You’re just using semantics, surely you can understand that reading comprehension involves something called tone. Read about it. And since you provided numbers that would of course enhance your point, I’ll give you a rotation of Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez. Good 3-man rotation. Still not in the top 6. And since were discussing about rotations, your following point is not valid:

“Man, you really should check stats before you say stupid things like that. The cold hard truth is that the Giants had the third best starter ERA in the MLB (3.58), the most complete games (11), the third most innings pitched (985), the most strikeouts by a longshot (894), and the best BAA (.234).”

If you honestly believe that Lincecum himself constitutes the best rotation in MLB, then you can have it.

wildabeast4
5 years 7 months ago

“And since you provided numbers that would of course enhance your point.”

I’ve provided almost all of the major pitching statistics. THe happen to enhance my point. Its not like I picked and chose which ones backed up my point. they all did.

“I’ll give you a rotation of Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez. Good 3-man rotation. Still not in the top 6.”

OK, I’ll bite. List the six teams that have a better rotation along with each of their front three starters. There are NOT six teams that have a better front three than the Giants.

“And since were discussing about rotations, your following point is not valid.”

Actually those statistics ARE valid. I was very careful to take the statistics of ONLY STARTERS, NOT the entire pitching staff.

“If you honestly believe that Lincecum himself constitutes the best rotation in MLB, then you can have it.”

Lincecum contributes to the starting staff’s statistics just like aces on other teams contribute to their staff’s statisitics. its no different in this situation. Lincecum is absolutely part of the reason the Giants have one of the best rotations in baseball.

You have yet to provide any real evidence that there are six teams with better rotations. So far we have figured out that statistically your point is not valid in any way. So, please enlighten me. What is your reasoning behind saying that the Giants staff is not top six in the MLB?

wildabeast4
5 years 7 months ago

you should also note that I never claimed the Giants have the best rotation in baseball. I just think it is ignorant and idiotic for you to say they aren’t even in the top six. Give me a break.

bblh
5 years 7 months ago

since when is an era of 3.46 average?

“you don’t know baseball”

5 years 7 months ago

“After Cain, they’re nothing but garbage”

lol you clearly don’t watch enough baseball.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

You don’t know me, so I’ll just dismiss it.

ChrisCa$h
5 years 7 months ago

Yanks have a good 1-4 too.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, they do. One of, if not, the best rotations in MLB!

5 years 7 months ago

lol he wouldnt even start in the majors his first season

Deanezag
5 years 7 months ago

Why is this myth still around? He is NOT ready for ML action, he will start in AA/AAA for whatever team signs him

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

No he will start in the ML. You dont pay someone 30MM to play in AAA, but then again your used to yankee bucks.

5 years 7 months ago

The average intellectual human being might not pay the guy $30MM to play in AAA, but we’re dealing with the Cincinnati Reds here.

jhamilton2010
5 years 7 months ago

Walt Jocketty said today that they’re hopeful he makes the club out of Spring Training, surprising everyone the way Cueto and Volquez did two years ago

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

No it wouldnt.

Pseudonymus Bosch
5 years 7 months ago

I am guessing Mets, Nationals, or Astros. Not because the Astros have the money – they don’t – but because they seem to be fans of overpaying out the wazoo.

TVReviewsion
5 years 7 months ago

Wow. I feel bad for Toronto fans. I thought they had this.

5 years 7 months ago

I say the Angels. The loss of an ace, 3rd basemen,2 relievers, and a DH they need to replenish the goods. If Toronto signed him they have a rotation for the future. With Chapman, Drabek, Romero, Morrow, and Rzepzynski.- Or how ever you spell it

5 years 7 months ago

Close, it’s Rzepcynski. Just think Zep-Chin-Ski, which is how it’s pronounced.

And don’t forget Stewart, Alverez (top prospects prior to Halladay trade), and Jenkins (2009 first round pick) when talking about their future rotation.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

don’t forget jesse litsch, dustin mcgowan, and shaun marcum lol

SpecialFNK
5 years 7 months ago

watch it be Washington. Strasburg and Chapman at the top of the same rotation in a few years.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

If that’s true, I don’t know whether to be happy or upset that we’d be paying him almost double of Strasburg.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

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Redbirds16
5 years 7 months ago

DC needs something like that. If true and both players live up to their potential, Stasburg/Chapman will rival any 1-2 punch in the majors (Big IF, but it’s an ‘era of hope’ around the capital).

5 years 7 months ago

i am hoping that it is the nationals even as a phillies fan it allows them to be competitive.

5 years 7 months ago

This can’t be true :O what can afford to make such a risky deal?

5 years 7 months ago

Just putting this out there, but are you sure that’s the real Passan? Only his second tweet, could just be a troll account looking for attention.

If it’s true, thats a lot of money to commit to him. I was thinking $25m would be the highest bid.

tunstel
5 years 7 months ago

Yea I’m skeptical as well

Deanezag
5 years 7 months ago

yeah its not even on Yahoo yet, pretty sure it’d be up there because thats who he writes for a lot

dodgers1111
5 years 7 months ago

Dodgers

55saveslives
5 years 7 months ago

You think the Dodgers are going to spend that much money before going to arbitration with Kemp, Eithier???

5 years 7 months ago

Dodgers seem HIGHLY unlikely given the arb cases they have upcoming and with the divorce. Can’t see them laying low and then doing this. That divorce is going to wreck the franchise if it gets as nasty as it seems it will. They may not turn into the Padres but they may end up trading young salaries.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I agree.

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

30 MM? Wow… That’s a TON of money for a guy who doesn’t have the same makeup as Stephen Strasburg… Just WOW !

Deanezag
5 years 7 months ago

You cant compare the contracts, signed in completely different situations.

NieuwenMets
5 years 7 months ago

I read this and immediately thought Nationals. Strange but true.

Jamespfunk
5 years 7 months ago

Come on NATS!! Strasburg and Chapman in a couple years would be nasty.

phizz127
5 years 7 months ago

Nationals.

5 years 7 months ago

i dont really think the mets would be willing to give this guy 30 mil unless its over a couple of years

NYYANKEES
5 years 7 months ago

IF true Nationals hands sown

justin2777
5 years 7 months ago

I dint think think he would get that much money to play in the minor leagues for his first year

5 years 7 months ago

Nationals, a few years down the road if Chapman comes close to what people are saying he can be, that’s a damn good 1 2 punch.

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 7 months ago

Detweiler, Strasburg, Zimmerman and Lannan. The Nats already have some very good arms in the system. I don’t see them signing Chapman when they will be spending big bucks to sign Harper after June.