Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 23 hours ago
Chapman may not be available out of the bullpen for Friday's day game against the Mariners, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.
The flame throwing lefty has pitched two consecutive days and with a matinee game looming Friday, manager Joe Maddon may avoid using Chapman in order to preserve his arm. Chapman recorded a four-out save Thursday, tossing 24 pitches. If he's ultimately unavailable Friday, Hector Rondon would be the likely candidate to take the mound should a save opportunity arise.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 2 days ago
Chapman made his Cubs debut Wednesday, coming on with a seven-run lead and striking out two in a perfect ninth against the White Sox.
The Cubs didn't need their new closer to preserve a tight one -- they just wanted to give him a chance to get his sea legs under him after Monday's trade, so they tossed him in on the back end of a blowout of their crosstown rivals. The transition to pitching in the NL Central won't be a hard one for Chapman, who spent six seasons with the Reds and should remain one of the top few closers in the game.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 3 days ago
The Cubs have added Chapman to the 25-man roster on Tuesday.
Chapman will be available to pitch for the Cubs on Tuesday when they take on the White Sox. He will take over the closer's role that was previously occupied by Hector Rondon. The left-hander will add a big boost to an already strong Cubs bullpen.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 4 days ago
Chapman has been traded to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reports.
Chapman will most likely take over the ninth inning duties for the Cubs, overtaking current closer Hector Rondon. Cubs will be sending top prospect Gleyber Torres, prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Adam Warren and one more player will be headed to the Yankees in the deal. There is no initial word if the deal includes an extension with Chapman and the Cubs. On the season, the flame-throwing left-hander owns a 2.01 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 44 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. Pedro Strop and Mike Montgomery will now most likely handle the seventh inning work, depending on matchups.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 5 days ago
The Yankees and Cubs are nearing a deal that would send Chapman to Chicago, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
As currently constructed, Chapman would be the only Yankee making the move to the north side of Chicago, while the Yankees would then take the next few days to see if they're able to make up ground in the American League playoff race before going all-in as sellers (or buyers) at the non-waiver trade deadline. Gleyber Torres is believed to be the top prospect involved as part of the package heading to the Bronx, but the full details of the trade will surface after the terms are finalized, perhaps later Monday.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 6 days ago
The Yankees are close to dealing Chapman, ABC News reports. In fact, Washington Post reporter Crystal Williams reports he's heading to the Nationals for two prospects, but that report has yet to be confirmed.
Assuming Chapman went to the Nats, it's unclear whether he'd close or set up Jonathan Papelbon, but if last year is any guide, the team is more than willing to sack its incumbent for what it perceives to be the better pitcher. Andrew Miller would almost certainly reprise his closer role for the Yankees if that happened.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 6 days ago
Chapman notched his 20th save in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Giants, giving up only a hit over one scoreless inning. He also recorded a strikeout.
Amid swirling trade rumors, Chapman came through with an efficient, 17-pitch ninth inning, giving up only a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco before retiring Denard Span, Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt. The hard-throwing closer has now converted all five of his save opportunities in July.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 1 week ago1 Comment
The Yankees are looking into possible trades for Chapman, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.
Closers are often moved into set-up roles following trades to more competitive teams, but Chapman would presumably be one of the exceptions, as he's enjoying yet another dominant season in his first year with the Yankees. He might even benefit from a move, perhaps getting a few more save opportunities over the final two months of the season. The Yankees probably aren't in any rush to make a deal, sitting just five games back of the second wild-card spot in the AL.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 2 weeks ago
Chapman earned his 18th save of the season Sunday versus the Red Sox, working around a walk to complete a scoreless inning of work.
Chapman looked shaky in walking David Ortiz to bring the tying run to the plate with one out, but he swiftly induced a double play ball by Hanley Ramirez and wound up retiring the side on 13 pitches. Chapman was electric as usual, hitting 103 miles per hour several times, and he lowered his ERA to 2.30 to go along with a 0.91 WHIP. The flamethrower's role could change if he is traded before the approaching deadline, but for now he remains an elite fantasy reliever.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 3 weeks ago
Chapman picked up his 17th save despite allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one over one inning Thursday at the Indians.
Chapman was protecting a one-run lead and put two runners on base with one out before retiring the last two hitters to end the contest. He's now successfully converted 17 of 18 save opportunities on the season, and he has a 2.74 ERA.