Update: The trade is officially on hold due to the pending Domestic Violence Allocations against Chapman.
Tt did not take long for the first of the Winter Meeting moves to occur.
The Dodgers and Reds have agreed on a trade sending Fireballer Aroldis Chapman to Los Angeles, in exchange for a pair of prospects. Exact terms of the deal are as of this writing unknown, but according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who tweets that none of Julio Urias, Corey Seager or Jose De Leon are headed to the Reds in the trade. If true, the Dodgers were able to get a pretty good deal here as it was reported that the initial asking price for Chapman was extremely high.
Chapman, 27, enjoyed yet another incredible season in 2015, working to a 1.63 ERA with 15.7 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and a 37.1 percent ground-ball rate. Over the past four seasons in Cincinnati, the Cuban-born phenom has delivered an astounding 1.90 ERA while averaging 16.1 strikeouts and 3.8 walks per nine innings to go along with an average of 36 saves per season. Chapman, of course, is known for his blistering fastball; the left-hander averaged 100.3 mph on his heater in 2014 and followed that up with a similarly incredulous 99.5 mph average this past season.
The Dodgers who recently lost ace Zack Greinke to the Diamonbacks were looking to make a splash and hopefully shorten the workload of the remainder of the Dodgers rotation. Chapman will be a free agent at the end of the season, and the Reds were looking to maximize their return before the star hits the free agent market.
Thanks to our own Ren for the heads up.