SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 2 weeks ago

Chapman (suspension) has tossed a pair of scoreless innings at extended spring training, the New York Daily News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Per the report, Chapman's fastball has averaged 96 mph during his two appearances and has clocked in as high as 98. It's encouraging that he's continued to stay sharp during his suspension, as he's lined up to take over the closer role for the Yankees upon his return on May 9.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 2 months ago

Chapman was suspended 30 games in relation to a domestic violence allegation over the offseason, Billy Witz of the NY Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Chapman had reported earlier that he would appeal any suspension handed to him, but he'll apparently accept his ban without appealing. The hard-throwing lefty didn't end up facing any criminal charges for the incident, but MLB's new domestic violence policy implemented last season still grants commissioner Rob Manfred the ability to levy a suspension in such cases. He'll continue to play during spring training and will be eligible to make his Yankees debut May 9, figuring to slot in as the team's closer at that time.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 2 months ago

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred may opt to suspend Chapman and ban him from participating in spring training with the Yankees upon ruling on the case in the near future, the New York Daily News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Chapman has already indicated that he will appeal any suspension handed down following October allegations of domestic violence, it would be an extra step on Manfred's part to ban Chapman from training with his teammates in Florida. Players suspended for performance-enhancing drugs have been allowed to play in spring training games and participate in team workouts before missing games during the season, but it appears as though the commissioner's authority to implement any punishment he deems appropriate could lead to something unprecedented.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 2 months ago

Chapman said he would appeal any possible suspension in relation to his domestic violence allegation from October, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Chapman isn't facing criminal charges for the incident, but he may still be subject to MLB's new domestic violence policy that was implemented in August. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to have a ruling by Opening Day, which shouldn't be much of an issue now that Chapman has completed his interview with the league. Even if he misses the start of the season, Chapman is still expected to serve as the Yankees' closer once he's available.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 3 months ago

Chapman and the Yankees avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $11.325 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Chapman still faces a possible suspension for a domestic violence allegation dating back to last October, but this clears at least one offseason issue for the Cuban closer and his new team. This settlement will give the Yankees' three-headed monster a total price tag exceeding $20 million, and that includes Dellin Betances' meager pre-arbitration salary.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 3 months ago

Chapman will not face criminal charges in relation to an Oct. 30 domestic dispute at his home in Davie, Florida, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While prosecutors have opted against filing charges, punishment from Major League Baseball remains a very real possibility for Chapman. According to a police report, Chapman admitted that he fired eight shots into a wall and window while locked in a his garage after the initial dispute with his girlfriend. MLB's new domestic violence policy allows commissioner Rob Manfred to impose discipline even if there is not a criminal conviction. Speaking on the topic Thursday, Manfred said, "When you have a new policy, the first ones take on a special significance in terms of tone and precedent and all those things. I'm going to be sure that I know everything I could possibly know about each of these cases before I make any decisions." Manager Joe Girardi said last week that Chapman will enter spring training as the Yankees' closer.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 4 months ago

Manager Joe Girardi said on Monday's edition of Yankees Hot Stove on YES Network that Chapman will enter spring training as the team's closer.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Chapman eventually found a new home via a Dec. 28 trade from Cincinnati to New York, an earlier deal to the Dodgers was nixed due to a domestic-violence allegation, which is expected to impact him at some point during the upcoming campaign. Nevertheless, his track record in the closer's role has translated to 30-plus saves in each of the last four seasons, usurping that of the last year's closer Andrew Miller and making Chapman the logical man for the job.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 4 months ago1 Comment

Chapman was traded to the Yankees, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Yankees gave up four minor-league prospects to acquire Chapman from the Reds, nearly four weeks after the planned trade to the Dodgers last month was nixed due to the closer's domestic-violence allegations stemming from an incident in late October. With their newest acquisition, Chapman now joins Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances to form a devastating power-arm bullpen, and it doesn't seem as if any of them will be on the move at the moment. While sources indicate the Yankees are expecting to lose the 28-year-old for some portion of the season due the alleged domestic-violence incident, it doesn't appear as if he will miss the entire season. Thus his role will likely be decided once the MLB officially makes its decision on the alleged incident, but for now the Yankees look to have one of the strongest bullpens in all of baseball.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 5 months ago

Chapman's trade to the Dodgers could be curtailed because of a domestic-violence allegation from late October, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Chapman's move to Los Angeles was made public Monday but the official transaction will remain in limbo until further announcements are made by the league and the teams involved, which could take multiple weeks.

SUSAroldis Chapman RP NYY 5 months ago

Chapman has been traded to the Dodgers for two prospects pending a physical, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Details regarding the prospects will likely surface soon, but the deal would give the Dodgers a premier 1-2 punch in the back of the bullpen assuming that the plan is to pair Chapman with current close Kenley Jansen. Given the extremely high cost of starting pitching on the free-agent market this winter, the Dodgers appear to be among the teams interested strengthening the bullpen as a way of reducing the impact of back-end starters.