Aroldis Chapman Rumors: Saturday

According to Sean McAdam of, the Red Sox are "starting to pull back" from their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman.  Boston was one of the first clubs to offer a contract to the Cuban left-hander, worth a reported $15.5MM and made before Chapman switched agents from Edwin Mejia to the Hendricks brothers.  Now that the bidding has now reportedly passed the $20MM mark, however, the Sox aren't willing to spend that much on "someone they believe has a lot of question marks."

The Red Sox were seen as one of three 'finalist' candidates for Chapman's services, along with the Blue Jays and Angels.  It was reported yesterday that Toronto had offered Chapman a $23MM deal, and today, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star breaks down how and why the Jays (not known for being big spenders) are willing to break the bank for this particular prospect.

78 Responses to Aroldis Chapman Rumors: Saturday Leave a Reply

  1. Angellover 5 years ago

    He’ll end up with the Angels

  2. ju1ced 5 years ago

    You obviously have no idea of Johnson’s history and development.

  3. Fangaffes 5 years ago

    I think Theo is right to bail on this. $23M is a lot to gamble on a guy who wasn’t even willing to throw a full bullpen session to demonstrate his value, topped out at 96MPH when he’s supposed to be able to hit 100, and may never actually make it to the bigs. The unemployment rolls are littered with guys who could throw in the high 90s, but never mastered the art of pitching.

    • ju1ced 5 years ago

      THey had no problem wasting $100M or whatever it was on DiceK. lol

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        They wouldn’t have won it all in 2007. What’s that worth? Then he won 18 games the next year. They may have overpaid, but it wasn’t a waste.

        • ggt 5 years ago

          Daisuke was Japan’s best pitcher and an official National Treasure. In Japan, if you are born in his year, you introduce yourself as being from the Matsuzaka Generation. THAT’s what the Sox, Yankees and others were bidding on. The offer had to be a sealed bid. Boras was orchestrating. The Sox were at an important point in wanting to repeat 2007 after the injury-related late season collapse in 2006.

          Had the Yankees gotten Daisuke, they might have won it all in 2007, and also gotten those 18W in 2008. The Sox outbid everyone, NYY, dramatically. On the face of it, that $50M only earned the right to negotiate with Daisuke/Boras. The money went to his team as compensation for losing him. Sure they could have gotten him for less, but as the bids were sealed, they didn’t know that, and it was essential to beat out the free spending NYY. The other reason the Sox were willing to take on this expense because it INSTANTLY made them major players in the Japanese & Asian markets. Did you know the Middle Class of China alone is larger than the entire population of the USA? That’s a big market. The Sox are now huge in Japan & Asia. Because of Daisuke (who earns a reasonable $8MM per year) they got Okajima, Tazawa, Saito, and more will come; and Red Sox merchandise and tickets are flying off the shelves.

          It is important to understand, the Red Sox spend $8MM per year for Daisuke. That’s it. The $50M was a sealed bid posting fee which not only brought them Daisuke, but the 2007WS, 33W in his first two years, Oki, Tazawa, Saito, & a big seat at the Asian table. That, by any business standards, was a worthwhile investment.

    • BoSoxSam 5 years ago

      While I agree it’s a good idea for Epstein to back off, I don’t agree why. This kid could easily become a very good pitcher, and I would never be seeing posts like this if he -did- sign him. I just think it will be a while before there is even a space for him, with all the established strong starters the Sox already have. At that price, it’s not worth the possibility that he could get stuck behind buchholz, even kelly in the system. If the Yanks aren’t in on it either, there’s not even much risk of fan backlash if we let this one go.

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        “I would never be seeing posts like this if he -did- sign him”

        Of course. Instead you’d see, “OMG! The Red Sox are JUST like the Yankees!!1!”

        “I just think it will be a while before there is even a space for him”

        Even when Beckett leaves next year?

    • dire straits 5 years ago

      If the Red Sox were frontrunners, you would be saying the opposite, praising Theo for bringing in the next Randy Johnson.

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        I’m glad you know SO much about me. Say, what do you think I should get my wife for her birthday?

      • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

        Just as if the Red Sox do sign him you’ll instantly see a barrage of people who hate the Red Sox screaming how he’ll be a bust.

        • dire straits 5 years ago

          Exactly! You get it, it’s just the nature of the fan. I didn’t mean to get him worked up.

      • mick_lowe 5 years ago


        if he was the next big unit, the sox WOULD be the front runners!

        • boxcar8 5 years ago

          Randy Johnson’s first year where he was considered a “dominant” pitcher after previously posting ERAs close to 4 every year, was when he was 29. There is no way when he was 21 that every team was drooling over him saying “this guy is going to be one of the top 5 pitchers of all time”

    • grownice 5 years ago

      he wasnt throwing his hardest , and all clubs were aware of that, after only 5 minutes of warming up, why would his agent allow him to blow his arm in a 2 minute showcase thats just dumb lol blue jays have time to work with him fix his delivery and arm action on his change up and let him develop his off speed pitches more consistently, suck on it boston and yankees!! hahahah

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        Of course it’s dumb. And if I was his agent and knew that some sucker would throw 20+ million at him without a serious session, that’s what I’d do. Why risk showing how wild he is at 100MPH or that his fastball is like Kyle Farnsworth’s?

        But if I was a GM, I’d want to see the real goods before I gambled that kind of money and I’m not sure I’d do it even then.

  4. Tall lefty with a nasty 2-seamer that tops out at 100 and a real lack of control. It’s not anywhere near a fully developed Randy Johnson but is passable enough to a young Johnson who was known for his poor control.

  5. bobmac 5 years ago

    Why does Boston have to slime a guy that another team is going to get.Unbelievable.

    • Fangaffes 5 years ago

      Wait, where did anyone “slime” him? Are you saying he’s a dead sure thing? There are no questions?

  6. Deviation 5 years ago

    Wow, the bidding is really getting out of control for this guy, isn’t it? If he can actually do what people hope he can, he might be worth it… but he hasn’t proven a thing yet. I’d hate to be the team on the hook for $20 million plus on a bust.

    • ju1ced 5 years ago

      Igawa’s deal seems to have already been forgotten.

    • JPBC 5 years ago

      Don’t forget – it’s $20 + million over a period of 5 years (probably).

      So, you’re talking $4.5 million or so a year for 5 years, plus one year of arbitration (or more if he spends time in the minors).

      That’s not chump change, but even if this guy develops into just an average pitcher over that span it’s not a bad deal. Look around the league at some of the pitchers making $5 mil a year.

      It’s not like this is a $20 million dollar signing bonus, plus a yearly salary.

  7. He’s going to sign with the Angels!!!

    • basebowl 5 years ago

      Well, I guess that ends the discussion then. I believe the source.

  8. Steelslayer 5 years ago

    Good let everyone pull away—The Jays are going to get this guy. The hope of looking to the future is something the Jays need. Teams like Boston, NY, Angels they got it right now. Hey it 4-5 million per year for the next five or six is worth the gamble of what this guy could turn into. Going for this guy is consistent with their plans, and if he is not rushed too much he could be a real star

    • JPBC 5 years ago

      I think you’re right. 2009 might have been the toughest year for Jays fans since….God, I don’t know. Early 80s? Ever?

      But if AA signs Chapman, he’ll have added Morrow, Drabek, Chapman, Wallace and D’arnaud in one off season. Plus I think he’d have a good chance at dealing some excess pitching depth for a young SS or 3B prospect.

      Along with Hill, Lind and Snider that would be a promising core to look forward to.

    • boxcar8 5 years ago

      A bit early to say the Angels have it now. I personally think they finish behind Texas and Seattle this year, and considering Jack Z looks like a solid GM and that the Rangers have one of the best farms in the league, many about MLB ready…I’d say it looks like tough times ahead for LAA.

  9. How are they sliming him? All they said was that he has alot of question marks that they just didnt want to pay that much money to sign him. That is their opinion of him lots of teams have opinions of players doesnt mean that they are voicing their opinions to make that player look bad infront of teams looking to sign him.

    • dire straits 5 years ago

      I don’t think he meant sliming him for the purpose of humbling him before anyone else who is interested in signing him. It’s like sour grapes; making him out to be a question mark because they are aware that the Blue Jays might have them outbid. Almost giving themselves ground for not signing him.

  10. i think he is going to sign with the angels too. The Angels need him after losing Lackey to the Red Sox even if it means waiting for him to develope.

  11. ju1ced 5 years ago

    I think he goes to Angels too, even if it’s one or two million less than Jays offered.
    On Tuesday they said expect the decision and next 3-4 days, and 4th day is today. Hopefully they decide soon. Maybe Monday we’ll know?

    • marley4041 5 years ago

      It’ll be the Jays…AA is on his honeymoon, and the 3-4 days goes along with when he returns. Not a coincidence.

  12. I heard he is the left-handed Stephen Strasberg

  13. DarthVader87 5 years ago

    This could be a tactic by the Red Sox to see just how much everyone is offering too. Much like the Yankees did with Teixeira. I mean there are too many pitchers that can be compared similarly to Chapman. I mean not just Randy Johnson, but even Nolan Ryan had control issues. Granted Ryan was right handed, but the issue we are talking about here is control right? Everyone knows how highly the Sox organization thinks of their pitching program in the minors too. If they don’t think a prospect with this high of a ceiling is worth the money. Then I honestly don’t know what to think.

    • Steelslayer 5 years ago

      I think the Sox are out. I really think this is going to go down between the Angels and Jays. I think for a team like the Sox they have to consider the money that it is going to take to sign their younger players (like Bucholz, Lester). It may be too much risk on a player who could flop and they could be stuck paying him. They have a lot of money tied up and don’t think they want to endure the criticism that the Hankies get to increase that even more.

      • DarthVader87 5 years ago

        Maybe, but you never know with Theo. He has money coming off the books next year and with all his talk about building his “bridge” to the younger players by signing older players to short contracts until the young guys are ready. Chapman just seems to fall into that area to me.

  14. grownice 5 years ago

    once everyones favourite teams are out of the sweepstakes , this is when the negative reactions come and the chapman bashing comes lol its expected, we all know he needs a year at least in the minor to work on his delievery and while he has 2 plus pitches being his fast ball and slider, needs to work on his other 3 : cutter, curveball, and changeup. Jays are more then willing with the coaches they have down in the minor leagues. yankee fans and red sox fans cant stand it that another al east team will out bid them lol good on toronto! i say take the chance at 4 5 mill a year, psh thats nothing .

  15. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Theo has made numerous moves by using stealth tactics and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this as one of them. But I keep going back to history. A hot shot commodity comes on the market and invariably a group of scouts will announce this player will be one of the greats. And suddenly more dominoes fall and the media takes a hold of this theory. Next step a group of scouts say “not a chance” and list many reasons and the media takes hold of that. So the truth lies anywhere in between next baseball god and absolute bust where the more likely ending is average player.

    It comes down to a simple truth: Players are investments. There’s not just the accounting costs which not only include the contract but also the cost of acclimating and training the player, there’s also the economic/opportunity costs. Basically what else could you spend the time and money on. For me, the more I read about this kid, I can’t help but thinking $25M, the potential ending price, is too much of a risk. And I know people are now going to argue with me saying “Well it’s not your money it’s the owners money and they have plenty of it,” but again: Players are investments and baseball is a business. You don’t risk unless you feel more confident than not that the overall investment works in your favor.

    • grownice 5 years ago

      jays probably feel strongly about he fact they can improve his delivery and allow him to work on his secondary pitches, with the coaches they have for developing pitchers, seems like a decent risk to me. plus they have quite alot of money to take the chance without much backlash even if he doesnt work out.

  16. Wow.

    I am not sure what you do for a living, but if you aren’t an unbelievable paid consultant, I would be shocked. Seriously, think of all the billionaire owners, the gm’s and staff they hired and pay really well, that would benefit from your advice. Or do you already work for the Red Sox?

    “Players are investments and baseball is a business. You don’t risk unless you feel more confident than not that the overall investment works in your favor.”

    Is a 5 mill/yr investment really horrible IF you perceive the said player to be an end of the rotation guy in the bigs or a possible closer? There are a shockingly large number of pitchers on MLB rosters today that make 5mill/yr or greater that are a FAR worse investment. And yes it is actually 25 mill, not 5, but every team with such an example pays year over year wether it is the same player or a new stiff brought in.

    Difference is, this guy’s upside or potential is supposed to be top end of the rotation. not end. So to be fair in comparing player investments, maybe we should include salaries all the way up to #2’s in the rotation?

    According to your logic, there are a minimal number of athletes in all pro sports that are worth the investment. If all the billionaires listened, I guess we could watch poker and darts.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      What are the odds that Chapman even becomes a back end starter? And for that matter at what point do you squeal and say it’s too much money? What if it was $30M? $50M? $100M? At what point do you say it’s too risky and I won’t invest? How many kids with potential to be a top player even make it out of the minors? Even with top of the line potential there is always a squeal point. For Chapman, as much as the evidence says he could be awesome, other evidence says he could be a bust.

      Now here’s the part you ignored: It’s about perception. You have to believe an investment will do better than what you give up. The reason why the Red Sox and yanks spend on enormous contracts is because they feel the investment in the team will come back to them in ticket sales, merchandise, etc etc. So I ask at what point will the investment in Chapman not be worth it to you? Remember all you know is potential, not eventual outcome. Brien Taylor had potential and he cost far less. Many others had potential. So at what point will you say screw potential and walk away? My OPINION is $20M-$25M isn’t worth the potential possibility of him being a bust.

  17. That totally cool.

    I would go to games Doc pitched. It was worth the effort. If the Jays get this kid and he amounts to something, people will start to come back. Unless it’s hockey, you have to be good to draw in T.O.. Raptors draw probably top 10 attendance. If the Jays started to win again, the days of 40k minimun in the seats is very realistic and more than likely probable. This is why in my opinion, I think a guy like this fits the exact model the new regime is building in Toronto.

    As a fan of the game as well, I am very aware this guy could be the next Brian Tayor, but again as a fan, I am willing to let my Billion dollar corporate owner take that chance.

    Jets are killing me right now!

    • ju1ced 5 years ago

      Fan of the game, but you only go to the games that Doc pitches. Yep, sound like a fan alright!

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    • grownice 5 years ago

      you comparing the jays to the pirates, you just lost all credibility. jays have been an above 500 club for quite a while aside form last year. The jays arent good NOW because they are rebuilding every team goes through it at some point. this is chapmans one oppurtunity to get a big contract, hes not going to be pitching with the jays next season, like you seem to think he’d be going to the minor leagues and doing the same thing you proposed for your beloved red sox. obviously you just dont want him to go to the jays because god forbid another team becomes competitve with your beloved red sox in a few years. deal with it.

    • jedicouncil 5 years ago

      So every player that doesnt sign with the Red $ox or Yank$ are idiots because they are the only teams players should play for???? Why would he blow his arm out with the Jays and not the Red Sox? The world doesnt evolve around the Sox and Yanks.

      • boxcar8 5 years ago

        You’re wrong. It does. In fact, there should only be 2 teams in the MLB, Sox and Yanks because there’s no point in playing for anyone else.

  19. Thanks for assuming that you know where I live and how easy it is to attend games.

    When putting in the time and effort it takes to attend live, why not take advantage of having the best pitcher in baseball to go and see? I must not be a fan of the team or game.


  20. Seriously Sox fans. What do you have to be proud of as a franchise? 2 tainted WS titles. Say what you want. Any sensible adult knows it to be true. Win something ‘clean’ and start spouting off.

    Didn’t Tex slap the Sox in the face with a big yes/NO last year? I wonder why?

    • S8P7W 5 years ago

      I dislike the Red Sox as much as the next guy, but your logic is childish. Give it a rest.

  21. matthewmafa 5 years ago


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  22. grownice 5 years ago

    how many titles have you won in 90 years? how many have the jays won since they came in to the league, get back to me when you figure that answer out. youll never get chapman hahahaha suckers insult jays all you want it wont change that he aint gunna be with the redsox lolll YOU LOSE

  23. Steelslayer 5 years ago

    Do you know how stupid you sound here?

  24. I think the Sox are pulling back because of financial reasons. I mean, how much money do they even have left to spend? They finagled the Beltre and Kotchman like hell to acheive maximum savings for Luxury Tax purposes. It would seem a little counterintuitive to NOW go and sign this kid to a $20 million contract.

  25. Steelslayer 5 years ago

    After reading a number of your posts there are a few observations that are clear. You are shallow-minded homer that really knows little about baseball other than your very biased and flawed logic that is grounded in the daily osmosis of every goofy red sox blog you can read. Please open your eyes and your mind to the possibility of two basic things: there are other teams in baseball other than Boston and secondly Boston does not need to sign every player that is either good right now, or has the potential to be good.

  26. Steelslayer 5 years ago

    PS—I could be a “Slick GM” if I had the cash to spend that Theo has too.

  27. ju1ced 5 years ago

    Sorry for not hitting the reply button, last thing I want to is upset you.
    Obviously he’s not going to be the next Randy Johnson. It’s comparing the control issues, some not so great numbers, how long it took to develop, etc.
    Sorry to break it to you but he does have secondary pitches, you OBVIOUSLY fail to see that.

    If the mets were in the bidding, you’ll be all over the comparison. rofl

  28. BK 5 years ago

    Sorry metsville, but you are looking pretty stupid here. Johnson was literally a 6″10 hard thrower with zero pitchability when the Expos snatched him up originally. He came up was a wild child for them and then was traded to Seattle where they basically restarted his baseball training. Minus the frame factor their stories are very similar and the comparison doesnt imply Chapman is gonig to retire with 300 wins, it merely implies that from a growth standpoint their paths were similar.

    Stop trolling and using fallacy (You are an idiot for not knowing the reply button) to argue a point you clearly are weak on.

  29. dire straits 5 years ago

    I believe it’s safe to say that he won’t be returning back to the site of his crime. That reply button line was classic.

  30. dire straits 5 years ago

    The second part was a joke, right?

  31. wow…you just lost all your credibility

  32. grownice 5 years ago

    hes obviously being sarcastic lol

  33. JPBC 5 years ago

    I agree. It makes sense for a team that is looking a couple years down the line.

    Also – despite the fact that the Jays have behaved like a small market team most of this decade, Toronto’s actually the 4th biggest market in MLB believe it or not.

  34. grownice 5 years ago

    im not sure having a pay roll around 100 million for quite a few years is considered small market, jays just had a dumb gm who didnt spend on the right guys.

  35. JPBC 5 years ago

    Ugh. Good point.

    Not only that, but the Jays are paying Ryan and Halladay more than half of Chapman’s proposed 5 yr contract to NOT pitch for them this year alone! (15 mil vs approx 25 mil)

    That puts it into perspective too!

  36. mick_lowe 5 years ago

    jwb: Steve Dalkowski!!! i know Steve Dalkowski and you sir, are no Steve Dalkowski.

    Steve Dalkowski another new britain boy. steve and i have many things in common, same high school, same sports, same european heritage and we both have the same amount of mlb wins – zero.

    what’s the old boy up to these days? is he still dead?

    “Steve Dalkowski had poor control as a youngster, too.” he had poor control as a seasoned adult, also. both professionally and after minor ball, in his personal life – allegedly.

    jpb – how do you know him? your post put a smile on my mug. thx

  37. boxcar8 5 years ago

    You are not a scout. It doesn’t matter whether you think he will succeed or not because you don’t have the slightest clue.

  38. A lefty that can hit mid to high 90’s is hardly anything special? You just proved you know nothing about prospects.

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