Aroldis Chapman RUMORS & NEWS

  • Obama leaves out name of alleged abuser Aroldis Chapman in Cubs' White House ceremony

    New York Daily News "President Barack Obama honored the Cubs' World Series championship team on Monday, mentioning 14 players on the team by name during a 34-minute ceremony. Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended 30 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, wasn't among them. Chapman attended the ceremony at..." January 17

  • Joe Maddon’s Aroldis Chapman defense: I had to win, he always said yes

    New York Post "Even if Aroldis Chapman says he was misused by Joe Maddon in the World Series, the Cubs manager has no regrets about how he maneuvered his bullpen to win a ring. Chapman said Friday he did not agree with the way Maddon used him in the World Series as the Cubs ended their 108-year drought,..." December 17

  • Chapman says Marlins were close to signing him, felt Yanks were more stable "Aroldis Chapman said Friday that the Marlins were close to signing him, but that he felt the Yankees were the more stable organization. "The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end, my wish was to come back to the Yankees," Chapman said during a conference call. Chapman added that..." December 17

  • Aroldis Chapman disagreed with Joe Maddon’s use of him in the playoffs

    Hardball Talk "In an earlier post today I talked about how two things can be true at the same time. Here are two things that are both true: 1. Joe Maddon and the Cubs won the World Series; and 2. Joe Maddon didn’t optimally deploy Aroldis Chapman in the World Series. I hope people can get their head around..." December 16

  • Chris Christie blasts Yankees' signing of Aroldis Chapman

    Newark Star-Ledger "Outside of running the state of New Jersey, sports are always near the top of Gov. Chris Christie's interests. Whether it be attending a game of one of his favorite teams or co-hosting on WFAN with Craig Carton, Christie always seems to be around the scene of games, events and high-profile..." December 13

  • Aroldis Chapman explains why he chose to return to Yankees

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman is heading back to the New York Yankees after helping the Chicago Cubs break a 108-year championship curse. In terms of a career path, you can’t ask for much more than that. After he signed with the Yankees on Wednesday, Chapman revealed that he had narrowed his decision down to..." December 08

  • The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself

    Fox Sports "The fallout from the Yankees’ agreement with free agent Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract will be even more interesting than the deal itself. And the deal is pretty darned interesting, seeing as how it shattered the record for a closer by a mere $24 million. The details,..." December 08

  • Marlins offered Chapman $87M before Yankees deal

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have failed in their bid to sign Aroldis Chapman. But they’re still in the picture for Kenley Jansen. Chapman agreed to terms with the New York Yankees late Wednesday on a five-year deal worth $86 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. But they still have a five-year..." December 08

  • Offers For Aroldis Chapman In Excess Of $80MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "One of the top three relievers, Mark Melancon, is off the board after agreeing to a record-setting $62MM deal with the Giants yesterday. But both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, the top two relievers of the winter, remain unsigned. Both are likely to make Melancon’s time as the relief contract..." December 06

  • Aroldis Chapman seeks six-year deal; Cubs appear to be out

    CBS Sports "With Mark Melancon now off the board, two elite closers remain in free agency: Lefty Aroldis Chapman and righty Kenley Jansen. In the case of the former, he tells's Marly Rivera that he's looking forward to reviewing his offers this week. "The only thing I have expressed is that I..." December 05

  • Nats reportedly think Aroldis Chapman is too pricey

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on..." December 01

  • Nationals could be interested in Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "A report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo suggests that the Nationals have expressed interest in free agent closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman profiles as one of the top bullpen arms on the market alongside right-handed closer Kenley Jansen, and his list of known suitors includes the Giants,..." November 27

  • Aroldis Chapman ‘would love to be a Yankee again’ as GM says team will pursue potential return

    New York Daily News "The Yankees want Aroldis Chapman back. Apparently, the feelings are mutual. Since the day the Yankees traded him to the Cubs in late-July, the flame-throwing closer hasn’t hidden his love for New York, but Tuesday he told NY Sports Day that he “would love to be a Yankee again.” “The..." November 23

  • Free agency ‘love’ between Aroldis Chapman and Yankees is mutual

    New York Post "The Yankees would like to bring free agent Aroldis Chapman’s triple-digit fastball back to The Bronx. And the lefty closer told NY Sports Day he is very interested in a reunion with the team that dealt him to the Cubs at this summer’s trade deadline. “I would love to be a Yankee again,’’..." November 22

  • How top closers available Chapman, Jansen, Melancon get their outs

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, the Cardinals signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil to a surprising four-year deal worth more than $30 million. That contract inspired curiosity; if a good setup man is receiving so much, then how rich are the elite closers -- Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon..." November 22

  • Yankees GM: Chapman knows we want him back "The Yankees entered the offseason voicing a familiar refrain, stating that they were centering their focus upon adding pitching. They now are also officially in the market for a big bat. Thursday's trade of Brian McCann to the Astros for two Minor League pitchers opens the door for the Yankees..." November 19

  • Familia hires Chapman's lawyer in domestic case

    New York Post "Jeurys Familia has retained the services of a prominent attorney to aid him in his upcoming day of judgment with Major League Baseball, The Post has learned. Jay Reisinger confirmed that he will represent Familia with respect to MLB’s investigation into Familia’s Oct. 31 arrest for domestic..." November 18

  • Chapman Seeking $100M Deal in Free Agency

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are trying to find the next great closer – not repay Aroldis Chapman after an epic World Series celebration or reward Kenley Jansen for what he’s already done with a Mariano Rivera-like cutter. Chapman is looking for $100 million, said one plugged-in agent posted up at the Omni..." November 09

  • Why Aroldis Chapman shapes up as Yankees-Dodgers bidding war

    New York Post "In what already is a favorable marketplace for relievers, Aroldis Chapman just might have the best situation of all – he appears to be the top choice of both the Yankees and Dodgers. The Yankees and Dodgers have the majors’ top payrolls. However, both have worked recently to lower their..." November 08

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman gives more insight into Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman trades

    Newark Star-Ledger "At the trade deadline, jettisoning Aroldis Chapman seemed like a no-brainer for the Yankees. Dealing Andrew Miller? Not quite as obvious, but it still made sense on many levels. That didn't make the process any easier for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who couldn't simply just flip his..." November 07

  • Aroldis Chapman’s DV Accuser Posts IG Photos of Them Celebrating Game 7

    Black Sports Online "The woman who once accused Aroldis Chapman of domestic violence was seen in the locker room after they won Game 7. Does this mean that they’re good? Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch in Game 7 and he immediately must’ve regretted it. The man was overworked but somehow, the Cubs managed to hold..." November 03

  • Chapman: Ankle fine and arm ready for heavy load again in Game 7

    Chicago Sun-Times "With history knocking for the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs plan to keep riding their hard-throwing bullpen horse as far as he can take them. And Aroldis Chapman said he’s ready and willing to keep throwing triple-digit fastballs as long as he can lift his arm, as many innings as..." November 02

  • Joe Maddon explains questionable use of Aroldis Chapman

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Maddon defended his questionable usage of reliever Aroldis Chapman during Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday, which the Cubs won 9-3. After the game, Maddon was asked why he used Chapman as much as he did in what seemed like an unnecessary spot considering the Cubs’ lead. But the Chicago..." November 02

  • If Yankees fans want Aroldis Chapman back, they should cheer for Cubs in World Series

    New York Daily News "In addition to rescuing the Cubs’ season on Sunday night, Aroldis Chapman probably raised the bidding on his impending free agency with his first-ever eight-out save. And if you’re a Yankee fan hoping Chapman winds up back in the Bronx this winter, you should probably root for the Cubs to pull..." November 02

  • Eight outs or bust: Maddon’s faith in Chapman vindicated as Cubs stay alive

    SI "“I love counter-intuitive,” Joe Maddon said Sunday afternoon, wearing a stocking cap and a mischievous smile. “I love it, man.” Here was the convention-toppling Cubs manager—this 62-year-old mystic who is allergic to the ordinary—sipping a hot coffee before Game 5 of the World Series and..." October 31

  • 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

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