The Yankees took a calculated risk by trading for Aroldis Chapman this offseason, as they await the results of investigations by law enforcement officials and Major League Baseball of a domestic violence case. The team has incumbent closer Andrew Miller as a fallback option, but presumably, the Yankees acquired Chapman to be their closer in 2016. Once again, Chapman led all major league pitchers in average fastball velocity, and he was among the top pitchers in K/9 ratio last season. If he does not miss time, Chapman should be among the top five relievers in both formats in 2016. Barring a resolution to his situation, his value could drop dramatically.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Chapman was traded to the Yankees, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. 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.
Chapman's trade to the Dodgers could be curtailed because of a domestic-violence allegation from late October, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. 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.
Chapman has been traded to the Dodgers for two prospects pending a physical, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. 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.