Aroldis Chapman Decision Coming Soon?

4:13pm: The Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles haven't been in touch with the Hendricks brothers since telling Chapman's representatives how they valued the pitcher.

1:40pm: Gordon Edes of ESPN.com hears that the Red Sox are still pursuing Chapman and remain "very much in the picture" to sign the lefty. The Red Sox have continued talking with Chapman's representatives since making their initial offer of $15MM-plus. Meanwhile, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe also hears that the Yankees are out.

THURSDAY, 6:35am: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted last night that the Angels are "trying like crazy" to sign Chapman.  Yahoo's Tim Brown tweets disagreement from an Angels source: "Despite what you read, we're not in that deep."

6:56pm: Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald tweets that internally, the Marlins have "conceded defeat" in the Chapman sweepstakes.

WEDNESDAY, 3:55pm: At least three teams are out on Chapman: the Astros, Yankees, and Mets (ESPN's Buster Olney via Twitter, and MLB.com's Brian McTaggart).

TUESDAY, 8:48pm: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes may be nearing a close.  According to Rodriguez, Chapman is saying that he "expects to sign within the next three or four days."  As many as 15 clubs have shown some degree of interest in the Cuban left-hander, including several small-market franchises. 

One such team, the Marlins, are particularly taken with Chapman since they hope that South Florida's large Cuban population will tempt the 21-year-old into signing at something of a hometown discount.  Rodriguez reports that the Marlins have already made a $13MM contract offer to Chapman and have now raised that offer — a wise move given that the Red Sox have already offered Chapman $15.5MM.

The Marlins' maneuvering may be all for naught, however.  An unnamed source tells Rodriguez that the Angels and Blue Jays seem to be the favorites to sign the Cuban left-hander, and that Chapman will sign with one of the two clubs for "around $21MM."


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466 Comments on "Aroldis Chapman Decision Coming Soon?"


5 years 7 months ago

Wow, the Free Agent market is really getting soaked up now. Damon will be the number one news source after Chapman signs.

corkyciv
5 years 7 months ago

Boston

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

marlins. it would be nice to see him with jj and ricky

yanksfan2011
5 years 7 months ago

if he signs with the jays…. their young pitching is great but could soon be greater

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

as long as new york doesn’t touch him. 😛

pssstHey
5 years 7 months ago

Typical Boston fan, obsessing about the Yankees

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

Yup. As a Red Sox fan, I’m unsurprisingly worried about our biggest competition in the division possibly getting a good pitcher. So therefore also I’ll be bright and optimistic about the Red Sox’s chances to get Chapman! Actually, I think I try to stay unbiased most of the time, but yes, my focus are the Red Sox, and I’m willing to admit it 😛 And as a Sox fan I’m therefore also interested in anything the Yankees do or could do. Hey, you’re most interested in your favorite team, right? You -do- have a favorite team, right? :)

pssstHey
5 years 7 months ago

BoSoxSam,
I like your being candid and all, and yes, I do have a favorite team which would be the Yankees, and I must admit I keep a close eye on what Boston is doing for the same reasons you keep tabs on the Yankees, and finally, since were baring our souls here, I would say this about Chapman, “As long as Boston doesn’t touch him”. :) Have a good one.

pt_nj
5 years 7 months ago

Sox won’t get him – they’re done with spending money for the season…

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

Heh, TBH I thought they were done before they signed Beltre..and looking at this Kotchman trade now, yeah they’ve gotta be done. That move is simply looking to cut cash (I’m assuming the M’s are gonna pass along the Brewer’s cash for Bill Hall), since other than that all they add is slightly more versatility. The Red Sox are done for the winter, looking ahead to the Trade Deadline and next winter now. :)

JB3
5 years 7 months ago

The Kotchman deal was to stay under the tax. If the Sox can keep Chapman off of the 40 man roster he wouldn’t count against the tax.

$1520532
5 years 7 months ago

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Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

if its really between the Angels and jays..im gonna put my wallet that its the Angels.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

uh im gonna bet its the jays, i can’t see them willing to be outbid by one team. i think the ability to bring his family to canada might sway chapman too.

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

I think Chaoman might have something to say… He have the choice between the Angels or the Red Sox instead of the Blue Jays, wel….

Andy Mc
5 years 7 months ago

Jays have way more available cash than LAA.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

You really think he would play in Canada?

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Yes.

gnick55
5 years 7 months ago

It’s tough to think of environment more different from Cuba than Canada. In fact there are only 12,000 Cubans in all of Canada. The weather and Hispanic population in Los Angeles/Orange County are much more similar to that of Chapman’s native Cuba, and that alone should give them the advantage given we don’t know the teams’ specific finances.

pcain1027
5 years 7 months ago

the governments are similar though

JPBC
5 years 7 months ago

Why wouldn’t he play in Canada?

Josh Stuart
5 years 7 months ago

I would think staying out the US would actually be an attractive option for a Cuban.

You know, with the Embargo on your homeland and all.

mr_pink
5 years 7 months ago

arte does it again! as a loyal los doyers fan i can admit i have much respect for mr. moreno. yes, the kid will sign with the angels. canada? c’mon son.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

Canada is a lot more friendly to Cuba then the US is. He could bring his family and be at liberty to travel back to his homeland during the offseason. It seems to me that, all things being equal, he might just choose the Jays.

Andy Mc
5 years 7 months ago

No trade/travel embargo against his home country? C’mon son.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

I’m sure they’ll be receptive to him after he defected from the country.

JPBC
5 years 7 months ago

“canada? c’mon son.”

Toronto is a lot like any big Northeastern American city. It’s probably more similar to New York/Chicago/Boston than a significant portion of the US is. It’s not exactly a culture shock.

I’m sure Chapman will just go to wherever offers the most money, like 95% of all athletes.

mr_pink
5 years 7 months ago

AGREED. Never knockin canada. Prolly my favorite country. Jus sayin, as a 21 yr old defector from Cuba, livin in el ay vs. toronto, is there really a question?

I do not know the familial bonds of this protege. If there is literature regarding this phenomenon, please excuse. !Viva los doyers!

5 years 7 months ago

Chapman is a resident of Andorra, and probably has no intention of going to Cuba.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

I live in Chicago but frequently visit Toronto as I have family there. The cities are pretty similar in my opinion.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with you, but the choices apparently aren’t between Toronto, New York, Chicago or Boston. As reported, it’s between LA and Toronto. And he will decide to play where the money is, so none of this seems relevant.

crunchy1
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, it seems that way. I was just agreeing that Toronto is a nice city and that I could easily see someone wanting to live there. It shouldn’t affect his decision. If anything, Toronto has some advantages over other cities, but in the end money will be a big factor, of course.

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with you, but the choices apparently aren’t between Toronto, New York, Chicago or Boston. As reported, it’s between LA and Toronto. And he will decide to play where the money is, so none of this seems relevant.

Chipanese
5 years 7 months ago

Hmm… please not the angels, I don’t want him in the AL West… (@_@)

TheBunk
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah I think it’s going to be the angels if the two offers are comparable, hope he lands on the jays though.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Jays? Yes, please!

halosforchapman
5 years 7 months ago

Pleas go to the angels hey where do you go go to sign in now i always used to do it with typad

Supermet
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve previously commented that Chapman will sign for 22-24 mil area

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

per year?

shockey12
5 years 7 months ago

i HIGHLY doubt that

he would probably make about 4-6 mil a year

dire straits
5 years 7 months ago

Kinda why I asked him. No actual specification.

shockey12
5 years 7 months ago

yeah they havnt been very specific about that in the reports and there has been alot of confusion about the contract

5 years 7 months ago

That would be a great get by the Jays, and a nice use of the Halladay/Rios money. The only thing that shocks me about the Jays is they have so many early draft picks next year due to the compensation picks for Scutaro and Barajas (when he signs) and the 3 picks for the failure to sign their guys last year. Not saying it’s a bad move, just uncharacteristic to spend so much money on unproven talent. If they do though I say bravo.

RazorShines
5 years 7 months ago

Where are the Mets and Yankees in all this? Do they know something? Or are waiting to pounce? The Mets need pitching and to build their farm system and the Yankees need to have every coveted player…. Especially anyone Boston wants!

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Yankees.

RazorShines
5 years 7 months ago

If he’s not a Met I hope he goes anywhere but the NL East, Yankees or Boston

Andy Mc
5 years 7 months ago

With Chapman, 2011-2015 would look pretty good for the Jays, IMHO:

Chapman/Drabek/Cecil/Morrow/Romero

Jenkins/Stewart/Rzepcynski/Marcum/Litsch/Alvarez/McGowan/Gonzalez/Accardo/Mills/Roenicke

C D’Arnaud/Arencibia
1B Wallace
2B Hill
SS [?]
3B Encarnacion [?]
LF/DH Lind
CF Wells
RF Snider
DH/LF [?]

Add 9/ top 100 in the 2010 Draft, and an influx of funds from Rogers’ massive bank, and…

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

Impressive young pitching there, even w/o chapman.

JPBC
5 years 7 months ago

If the Jays can get Chapman, they could probably afford to trade some of their young starting pitching to help in other areas. Maybe a young SS?

5 years 7 months ago

I don’t think that the team that signs him will be plugging him into their rotation out of spring training. My guess is, at most, he will get a look through some bullpen work and may get a spot start here and there to see how he holds up or if any starters go down to injury. The question is can any team handle this type of investment for a guy who may not contibute fully in his first Major League Baseball season.

JPBC
5 years 7 months ago

To my understanding (which could be wrong)..

the team that signs him gets 6 MLB service years out of him. Signing him for a 4 or 5 year contract just means that you will have to go to arbitration with him after that.

So based on that, I think it might actually be beneficial for a team to keep him in the minors for a year or two, then start his MLB service clock ticking once he’s prepared to handle MLB pitching.

You’d just have to think of his salary for the first couple years as a signing bonus.

Pseudonymus Bosch
5 years 7 months ago

I would think, actually, given comments from some MLB GMs and scouts, that Chapman might be looking at a full year in the minor leagues and possibly two years before becoming an MLB regular. There’s a consensus that he is not as close as Strasburg is to being ready for a starting job, and that he would require some minor league work to iron out kinks, control problems, and general inexperience.

Just because he’s a lefty who throws 96 (and rumored 101), doesn’t mean you can’t throw him out on the mound in April…

5 years 7 months ago

Houston as a dark horse candidate?

crashcameron
5 years 7 months ago

the astros? they are so deeply confused! more like a dead-horse candidate.

lefty177
5 years 7 months ago

MLB Network said the Astros pulled out of the bidding for him, sorry :-(