The Dodgers are reportedly in talks to acquire Reds closer Aroldis Chapman for prospects, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Then others chimed in:
Source: There is growing confidence in the Dodgers organization that they're going to be able to finish Aroldis Chapman trade.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 6, 2015
Dodgers are still talking to reds about chapman. @Ken_Rosenthal suggested they're in strong. Reds people say others still in— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 6, 2015
Person briefed on Chapman talks say #Reds still talking to #Dodgers. Cincy execs confident will move him at Meetings.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 6, 2015
The fireballing left-hander put up a 1.63 ERA in 65 games for the Reds in 2015, saving 33 games while striking out 116 and walking 33 in 66⅓ innings. Over the last four seasons, Chapman has a 1.90 ERA while averaging 36 saves, 114 strikeouts and 27 walks in 64 innings per season.
Chapman, who turns 28 in February, has one year remaining before free agency, and is eligible for salary arbitration in 2016 after making $8.025 million in 2015.
There is the possibility that Chapman could be flipped in another trade, but for the moment let's assume he remains with the Dodgers if they do actually trade for him. He would team with Kenley Jansen in the back end of the bullpen, giving the Dodgers two of the top three or four closers in baseball.
The matter of who would actually close games for the Dodgers is something that need to be worked out, but that can be sorted out later, a task for first-year manager Dave Roberts to tackle. Jansen, like Chapman, will be a free agent after 2016, and has one more year of arbitration after earning $7.425 million in 2015.
There is also the possibility Jansen could be traded, but if not the Dodgers would have quite a pair of dominant relievers, one from each side at the end of games.
Since the start of 2012, Chapman leads all of baseball with 456 strikeouts in relief. Jansen is third with 391, five behind Craig Kimbrel. During that span, among all relievers with at least 200 innings, Chapman ranks fourth in ERA (1.90), first in FIP (1.74), second in xFIP (1.95), first in strikeout rate (45 percent), and first in K-BB% (34.2 percent)
Jansen in that span ranks 10th in ERA (2.33), fourth in FIP (2.10), third in xFIP (2.21), third in K rate (38.6 percent) and third in K-BB% (32 percent).
Who said the winter meetings were going to be boring?