Aroldis Chapman was once the most dominant relief pitcher in baseball, with a fastball that routinely hit triple digits and a devastating slider. The Dodgers almost traded for Chapman after the 2015 season, but reports of a domestic violence incident (for which he was later suspended 30 games) caused them to back out of the deal.
According to a report from former big-leaguer Carlos Baerga, though, the Dodgers might be in on Chapman seven years after refusing to trade for him.
In English, Baerga’s post says: “Aroldis Chapman Rumored To Be Offered A 2-Year Deal By The Los Angeles Dodgers & San Diego Padres.”
If we remove his off-field history, Chapman fits well with what we know about the Dodgers. He used to be great and still has good stuff, so he seems like the kind of guy Los Angeles might take on as a project.
But the ownership group in L.A. is the same group that put the kibosh on the trade seven years ago, and with everything going on regarding the Trevor Bauer situation, it’s hard to see them choosing now to bring in Chapman. I guess they could be planning to keep Bauer and figure, “People are gonna be mad anyway, let’s lump it all together and get it over with. Could we hire the guy who cheated for the Red Sox while we’re at it?”
Baerga’s track record is mixed on breaking news like this. Just yesterday, he was the first to report Boston’s extension with Rafael Devers, but he had Aaron Judge going to the Giants earlier this offseason. And with two teams listed here, even if he’s right it doesn’t mean he’s coming to Los Angeles.
Chapman’s strikeout rate was way down in 2022, and his walk rate has been astronomically high the last two seasons. We’re a few years removed from his major dominance, but it sure would be interesting to see what the Dodgers School of Pitchcraft and Wizardry could do with him.
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