After initial reports this morning that said the Los Angeles Dodgers had acquired Cincinnati Reds All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, it looks like the deal isn't done and other teams could be involved in acquiring the highly thought of closer.
3:31 PM EST: Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Reds are telling teams that the deal for Chapman to the Dodgers has not been agreed upon.
3:06 PM EST: According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, the trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds for closer Aroldis Chapman is not finished. Sheldon also pointed out that other clubs other than the Dodgers could come in and acquire the Reds closer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds, as according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports on Monday morning.
It is said that Cincinnati will receive two prospects in return for the 27-year-old. At the time, the agreement is currently pending the approval of physicals.
With the addition of Chapman to the Dodgers bullpen, it provides the club with a hard throwing left-hander in the back end of the bullpen to go alongside right-hander Kenley Jansen. Despite both players being lockdown closers, the plan is to keep both of them with the organization for the moment.
The trade comes just a day after right-handed starter Hisashi Iwakuma is brought aboard on a three-year, $45 million deal to join the starting rotation, as the Dodgers look to replace veteran ace right-hander Zack Greinke who signed a six-year, $206 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Looking at the prospect side of things, those involved are yet to be announced. However, it is believed that shortstop Corey Seager, LHP Julio Urias and RHP Jose de Leon are among those not being considered.
As the club will look to organize the bullpen in a way that makes sense, Jansen is likely to be moved to the setup role to keep things settled for Chapman who would come in and close games in the ninth.
Los Angeles has a farm system full of incredible talents from all parts of the diamond, making it difficult for the Dodgers to make the choice of who his dealt when the deal if finalized. Two names that could be involved in this deal are RHP Grant Holmes and 2B/OF Jose Peraza.
Over the course of the 2015 season, Chapman pitched to a 1.63 ERA alongside a record of 4-4, while allowing 13 runs on 43 hits, three of which were home runs over 66.1 innings thrown. This all happened over the course of 65 total games played.
Chapman, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2016 season, has been regarded as one of the best closers in the game over the past four seasons. During that period of time, the flame throwing left-hander has surpassed the 100 strikeout mark each year and looks to continue that streak going forward in 2016 with the Dodgers.