The Dodgers have had quite a busy winter meetings, and on the first full day on Monday have reportedly completed what they were after on Sunday, acquiring closer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds in exchange for two prospects, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and confirmed by Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.
The trade is pending a review of medical records, per Rosenthal, but as Reds beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer noted, while the deal isn't yet official he'd be "shocked" if the deal doesn't get done.
The two prospects traded do not include Corey Seager, Julio Urias or Jose De Leon, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Chapman had a 1.63 ERA and 33 saves in 65 games for the Reds in 2015, and struck out 116 batters in 66 innings, his fourth straight season with at least 106 strikeouts. He turns 28 in February.
Chapman, like Kenley Jansen, is arbitration-eligible this winter, with both set for free agency after the 2016 season. Both have ample closing track records and will get paid as free agents no matter what, but that doesn't mean manager Dave Roberts won't have some work to do this season.
There will definitely need to be some egos massaged, whether one is named closer or if the Dodgers do some sort of double closer role based on matchups, with Chapman left-handed and Jansen right-handed.
But on its face, the Dodgers just made their bullpen a hell of a lot better.
Opposing batters have hit .154/.256/.231 against Chapman the last four years. Against Jansen during that time, batters have hit .182/.241/.294.