The Reds are listening on flamethrowing closer Aroldis Chapman, an All-Star in each of the last four seasons. The 27-year-old is under team control through 2016. The latest:
- A source tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that the Astros are more likely to make a deal with the Reds than the Yankees (Twitter link).
- The Diamondbacks say their talks with the Reds for Chapman are now completely dead, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
- It looks like the Diamondbacks are no longer in on Chapman, tweets MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.
- Arizona’s offer for Chapman includes pitching prospect Braden Shipley and one or two more of their top ten, tweets Nightengale.
- Nightengale says the Reds’ price tag on Chapman is high, but five teams are involved, three seriously. He feels someone will meet the Reds’ demands.
- The Reds now have stronger offers for Chapman than the one made by the Diamondbacks, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today, and Arizona is considered a long shot to acquire him. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes that while the Yankees have checked in, that’s not likely to happen either. The Astros are another club that has been linked to Chapman, tweets Heyman. Their interest goes to the ownership level, he adds.