Aroldis Chapman RUMORS & NEWS

  • Dodgers deserve praise for canceling Chapman deal, but it may cost them

    Today's Knuckleball "Aroldis Chapman was a Dodger. He was, for a few minutes this winter, anyway. And Dodgers people, occasionally anyway, think about what might have been. But they’re not second guessing themselves. Not at all. Nor should they. While word going around has been that it was ownership who..." October 17

  • Decision to use Aroldis Chapman early backfires on Cubs

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Cubs, beset by billy goats and Bartmans, appeared to have one major guard against late-innings absurdities this postseason: flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, one of the better late-game bets in baseball. Chapman, however, is not a two-inning relief-type man. He’d had only one..." October 11

  • Aroldis Chapman: Joe Maddon ‘can use me any way he wants’

    New York Post "Two Cubs wins in the playoffs, two saves from Aroldis Chapman. Chicago’s closer, acquired from the Yankees prior to the trade deadline in July in exchange for prospects, including shortstop Gleyber Torres, showed again how valuable he can be in the Cubs’ 5-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the..." October 09

  • Cubs planning to maximize Aroldis Chapman in October

    CSN Chicago "Aroldis Chapman’s natural power met the force of Javier Baez’s vicious swing during Tuesday afternoon’s scrimmage at Wrigley Field, the baseball literally bursting at the seams on a foul tip. From the Ricketts family seats, you could see Chapman’s slider dart and hear his fastball pop inside an..." October 05

  • How much would Aroldis Chapman return cost Yankees in free agency?

    Newark Star-Ledger "From the moment the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, the door was kept open for a possible return this coming winter in free agency. While Dellin Betances has been more than adequate in the closer role, the idea of reuniting Chapman and Betances in a dominant bullpen duo has to be at..." August 26

  • Aroldis Chapman to get two days off after second blown save with Cubs

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman admitted he was a little fatigued Friday night, when he blew his second save as a Cub and third this season in the team’s 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings. Chapman was pitching in his fourth game in four nights -- two appearances came in a..." August 21

  • Cubs end relationship with person responsible for terrible music choice during Aroldis Chapman’s appearance

    Sporting News "UPDATE: The Cubs have terminated their relationship with the person who played "Smack My Bitch Up" Sunday night. Someone in the Cubs game day operations department made an incredibly poor choice during the team's game against the Cardinals on Sunday night, and on Monday, the team is in..." August 15

  • The Cubs Played "Smack My Bitch Up" As Aroldis Chapman's Exit Music

    The Big Lead "When the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in July, they did so under the veil of controversy. Though no charges were ultimately filed, Chapman was involved in a high-profile domestic dispute last offseason in which he had allegedly choked his girlfriend fired gunshots in his garage...." August 15

  • Cubs hiring new translator for Chapman

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are in the process of hiring a new translator for Aroldis Chapman, sources said, trying to smooth things over after a rocky introduction to Chicago that left the superstar closer feeling frustrated by his portrayal in the media. Chapman told Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Siera Santos..." July 29

  • Aroldis Chapman Says He Doesn't Remember Agreeing To Cubs Off-Field Expectations

    The Big Lead "Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Chicago Cubs on Monday and the organization immediately released a statement claiming the closer had agreed to abide by certain off-field expectations. On Tuesday, Chapman claimed he was tired and has no memory of agreeing to such requirements." July 27

  • Chapman open to reunion with Yankees: 'God willing, yes'

    The Score "Aroldis Chapman is en route to the North Side of Chicago, though the All-Star closer is fully open to an offseason return to the Bronx. The Yankees dealt the impending free agent to the Cubs on Monday in a five-player deal, and while he's leaving New York for now, Chapman implied he's open to..." July 26

  • Cubs in final stages of talks to acquire marquee closer Aroldis Chapman

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs' pursuit of flame-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman has reached the critical stage. Gleyber Torres, 19, the Cubs' top infield prospect, was scratched from his game with Class A Myrtle Beach on Sunday. It's not certain whether the size of the deal is tied to the Cubs securing an..." July 25

  • Yankees will get more for Chapman than 2 prospects

    The Score "The impending reported trade to send Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs may be bigger than initially thought. The proposed deal between the Cubs and New York Yankees is bigger than just top prospect Gleyber Torres and another minor leaguer, a source told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. There are..." July 25

  • Chapman addresses domestic violence issue: 'I am truly sorry'

    The Score "Aroldis Chapman wants a fresh start with his new team. Shortly after it was announced that the New York Yankees flipped the fireballer to the Chicago Cubs in a five-player deal, Chapman released a statement addressing his MLB-issued 30-game ban for a domestic violence incident in October. "I..." July 25

  • With Aroldis Chapman trade, Yankees and Cubs agree business and profit is more important than character

    MLB Daily Dish ""Character." That term’s been tossed around for many decades, often describing a person. Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, emphasized the character of the Cubs teams he helped build. From an article in The Athletic: "It’s a huge factor," Epstein..." July 25

  • Aroldis Chapman traded to Cubs, Yankees get prospects

    SI "The Yankees have traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for minor leaguers Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford and relief pitcher Adam Warren, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan later confirmed the news. Chapman, 28, was one of the biggest..." July 25

  • Yankees, Cubs Working On Trade Involving Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees and Cubs are working towards a trade that would send star closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in exchange for top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and more, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. " July 24

  • Indians have best deal on table for Chapman

    Yardbarker "The winning bid for Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman may be coming from a fellow American League club. According to a report by Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM on Sunday, the Cleveland Indians have the best offer on the table for Chapman. The Washington Nationals are also said to be “very aggressive”..." July 24

  • Cubs 'strong' among teams chasing Chapman

    The Score "The end to Aroldis Chapman's time in the Bronx appears to be drawing ever closer. After reports Saturday suggested the New York Yankees were telling clubs a trade was close, the Chicago Cubs are reportedly "strong in the mix" to land the All-Star closer, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports." July 24

  • Report: Giants Getting 'Radio Silence' on Chapman

    Bleacher Report "Heyman reported on Sunday that the San Francisco Giants are "interested" in Chapman, "but sources say the Giants aren’t progressing on a deal."" July 24

  • Yankees Close To Aroldis Chapman Trade; Likely To Keep Andrew Miller

    MLB Trade Rumors "A Chapman trade isn’t necessarily imminent, but the Yankees are ready to conclude the process, tweets Rosenthal. 9:32pm: The Yankees are telling teams that they’re nearing a trade involving closer Aroldis Chapman, but they plan on keeping fellow left-handed relief ace Andrew Miller, reports..." July 24

  • Nationals want Yankees' Aroldis Chapman, but top prospects untouchable

    Newark Star-Ledger "We've known for some time that the Washington Nationals are hot for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. New information, according to Washington Post national baseball writer Barry Svrluga, is that the NL East-leading Nats want to deal for Chapman before the Aug. 1 trade deadline without giving up..." July 23

  • Indians involved in Chapman, Miller pursuit

    The Score "The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians are reportedly on the hunt for a high-profile bullpen arm to help bolster their playoff chances down the stretch. Previously linked to Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, the Indians are said to be "in on" teammate Andrew Miller as well, according to..." July 22

  • Report: Chapman talks pick up steam; multiple teams involved

    The Score "Aroldis Chapman's time in the Bronx may be coming closer to an end. The New York Yankees have reportedly begun shaping potential trades for the All-Star closer, rival executives told ESPN's Buster Olney. The Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers are specifically listed..." July 19

  • Chapman open to post-trade return to Yankees

    CBS Sports "With the Yankees seemingly inching closer and closer to a seller's mindset at the deadline, reporters have started quizzing players about their reaction to the possibility. This process includes closer Aroldis Chapman, a pending free agent who would seem to be among the Yankees most likely to get..." July 19

  • Aroldis Chapman ties MLB record with 105-mph fastball

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman’s reputation as a certified flame thrower is well established, but that doesn’t mean we fail to be impressed whenever he throws the ball really, really hard. On Monday, he did just that. Chapman came in to close out a 2-1 win for the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles,..." July 19

  • Where might Yankees ship Miller, Beltran and Chapman?

    Sporting News "The Yankees, it seems, are finally coming around to the realization that they won’t be playoff contenders this year. And so they are preparing to do something they haven’t done in a generation — become sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline. The horrors. Back in early June, when those of..." July 18

  • Yankees considering signing Chapman to extension

    Newark Star-Ledger "Aroldis Chapman's 102 MPH fastballs have electrified Yankee Stadium more than any closer the team has had since Mariano Rivera. If things break right, triple-digit radar gun readings could become the norm in the Bronx. Andrew Miller was great in 2015, David Robertson outstanding (if not nerve..." July 16

  • Nats showing interest in Chapman, Miller "The Nationals are in first place, six games ahead of the Marlins and Mets in the National League East, and they'd like nothing more than to increase that lead after the All-Star break. Before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Nationals will look to improve their bullpen, and maybe even..." July 15

  • Rival execs believe Yankees will trade Miller, Chapman

    The Score "Though general manager Brian Cashman refuses to wave the white flag, the reeling New York Yankees may give him no choice. Losers of three of their last four and sitting nine games back in the division, the Yankees are on course to be sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline. Despite his..." June 30

  • Will Cubs Get Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller?

    NESN "The trade winds could be blowing toward the Windy City. The Chicago Cubs, who own the best record in baseball, are “interested” in bolstering their bullpen before next month’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, according to’s Phil Rogers, who suggests that Theo Epstein’s club..." June 16

  • MLB’s best already scavenging Yankees for bullpen’s monsters

    New York Post "With MLB’s First-Year Player Draft completed, the trade market will gather some momentum — and the Cubs created a buzz this week. Scout Jason Parks was at Yankee Stadium, and according to industry sources, he was looking at the trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis..." June 12

  • Nationals hoping Yanks make Miller and Chapman available at trade deadline

    River Ave Blues "According to Bill Ladson, the Nationals have made bullpen help their “top priority” prior to the trade deadline, and they’re hoping the Yankees make lefties Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman available. I don’t necessarily think that means Washington wants Miller and Chapman. I think they’re just..." June 07

  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller haven't discussed awkward closer change

    Newark Star-Ledger "Andrew Miller said all the right things when his manager, Joe Girardi, told reporters Aroldis Chapman would take over as the team's closer when Chapman returned from suspension. Miller also said all the right things when it actually happened. But the two? They haven't talked about it,..." May 16

  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman says Latin American players are easy targets

    New York Times "The routine for Aroldis Chapman was the same most every day. Drive one of his four cars — a Range Rover, a Rolls-Royce, a Lamborghini or a Porsche — to the Yankees’ squat, cinder-block minor league complex about 9 a.m., do some running, weight lifting, conditioning and throwing. Chat in Spanish..." May 09

  • Chapman refutes domestic violence claim: 'I didn't do anything'

    New York Times "The routine for Aroldis Chapman was the same most every day. Drive one of his four cars — a Range Rover, a Rolls-Royce, a Lamborghini or a Porsche — to the Yankees’ squat, cinder-block minor league complex around 9 a.m., do some running, weight lifting, conditioning and throwing. Chat in Spanish..." May 08

  • Girardi: Chapman will be our closer

    Newark Star-Ledger "Andrew Miller hasn't given up an earned run in 12 games as the Yankees' closer this season. His six saves, added to the 36 he collected last year, make him 42-for-44 in save chances since he came to New York in 2015. Yet Yankees manager Joe Girardi was clear Saturday. When Aroldis Chapman..." May 07

  • Aroldis Chapman willing to play for Team USA at WBC

    ESPN "Aroldis Chapman has no concerns about being banned from the Cuban National Team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. And that's because the embattled Yankees closer has another uniform in mind, that of Team USA. Chapman recently completed the extensive process of becoming a U.S. citizen,..." May 05

  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman officially a U.S. citizen

    Newark Star-Ledger "When Aroldis Chapman's 30-game suspension ends on May 9, the Yankees reliever will likely have one of his best days of the 2016 calendar year. But it probably won't come close to topping Friday. As the 28-year-old Cuban announced on Instagram, he's officially a United States citizen." April 29