Reds a Finalist in Aroldis Chapman

There have been multiple reports that the Reds are a finalist to sign the Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman. He is reported to throw 100 mph. That is very rare for a left-handed pitcher to reach that velocity. Other reports have stated that his fastball is his only major league pitch while his curve and changeup aren’t quite ready yet.

I believe this report is a big tease to Reds’ fans. The Blue Jays have offered him 20 million for a 3 year deal. There is no way the Reds will make an investment like that today. They will probably give him a half-ass offer that he will never take. That’s the way our current regime rolls. They talk a great game but when it comes right down to it, they do nothing. It’s just another smokescreen from Castellini. I usually support the owners and GM but its obvious they aren’t going to do anything again.

Our best players for the most part, are homegrown. Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs, and Homer Bailey all were Reds draft picks. Brandon Phillips came before Jocketty and Castellini and after that there are journeymen and stopgap guys.

The signing of Chapman would solidify the organization as at least trying to win. I challenge them to sign Chapman. Take a chance on him instead of Laynce Nix and Josh Anderson. Try and get an impact guy. I dare you!!

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  • Mat Germain

    From what I’ve heard / read on the Jays offer it’s 23 million for 5 years – an average of 4.6 million per season. When you consider 1 season, or at least part of one season, will be spent in AAA or AA, it really becomes 4 years of valued time….we hope. The fact that he can freely bring his family to Canada without worry may be the biggest reason he’d sign with Toronto. $23 million doesn’t hurt, but seeing your newborn child for the first time definitely takes priority imo.

    I hear what you’re saying though in this post, the Jays had similar GM issues before Alex took the helm. Spending big on older players (Rolen) and not rounding out the rest of the roster properly.

  • Z Blakey

    Have to agree with you, sounds like that it was something floated out their for propagada sake….but it would certainly be an interesting signing from a number of angles…. when you think about spending 4-5 million a year for a pitcher like this, if he is a #2 or god forbid a #1 starter, then you have a real bargin and can you imagine a staff of Chapman, Volquez, Cueto, and Bailey, all under Reds control for the next 4 years? While this would be a big expenditure this year, you could allocate the money freed up next year from the high – price guys the Reds will let walk, and come out ahead.
    Most major league teams have invested at least 4-5 million in their #3 starters, some even their #4s haven’t they?

  • Tim Grimes

    I am still in shock that the Reds signed him. It has to spell the end of Aaron Harangs and/or Bronson Arroyos tenure here. I am quite sure that he will start the season in Triple A and work with Ted Power and Mario Soto. But with an arm like that, he probably won’t be down there long.

    I am looking for a trade at the end of Spring Training for Aaron Harang. I think maybe he goes to the Dodgers as was discussed at the Winter Meetings. They have an abundance of Outfield talent that we desperately need. And, now, we have to cut salary. This is going to make an interesting offseason and Spring Training.