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    Jeff Passan: Reds sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman to six-year deal (Financials TBD)

    This deserves a thread of its own!

    Non-stop Delta flight left FLL for Cincinnati at 9:20 this morning. Another source said $30 million deal is for five years.

    2 minutes ago from web Narrowed it down: It's an NL Central team. Cincinnati making more and more sense. Reds "going after him like crazy," team source said.

    4 minutes ago from web Cuban LHP Aroldis Chapman agrees to $30M deal with National League team, according to source. Left Ft. Lauderdale airport this a.m. to sign.

    http://twitter.com/jeffpassan

    Edit - Chapman signed for five years, $25 million with a player option for the sixth year.
    Last edited by OnBaseMachine; 01-10-2010 at 06:10 PM.

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman

    Oh. My. God.

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Oh. My. God.

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    I'm trying to withhold my enthusiasm until the Reds confirm it. This almost sounds too good to be true. The Reds never do anything like this.

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    I'm trying to withhold my enthusiasm until the Reds confirm it. This almost sounds too good to be true. The Reds never do anything like this.
    Never say never. The biggest name in the game came to Cincinnati 10 year s ago.

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    If this is true, does this mean that Harang or Arroyo will be traded? Jocketty did say that the team was at payroll limit. Unless the deal is backloaded, I don't see how Reds can afford all three.
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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNext44 View Post
    If this is true, does this mean that Harang or Arroyo will be traded? Jocketty did say that the team was at payroll limit. Unless the deal is backloaded, I don't see how Reds can afford all three.
    I'd try to deal one of them for a young SS.

    Cueto, Chapman, Volquez, and Bailey will be here for a long time.
    Then you have Bruce and Votto on offense. If you can get a SS to build with for the future then you might have something.

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNext44 View Post
    If this is true, does this mean that Harang or Arroyo will be traded? Jocketty did say that the team was at payroll limit. Unless the deal is backloaded, I don't see how Reds can afford all three.
    Trade Arroyo.

    Go get a legit SS.

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    Re: Jeff Passan: Reds sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman to five-year, $25 million cont

    Why don't the Yanks/Sox throw 50 million at this guy? I just don't understand the lack of interest from the big spending clubs.

    What a great move though.

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    Re: Jeff Passan: Reds sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman to five-year, $25 million cont

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    Why don't the Yanks/Sox throw 50 million at this guy? I just don't understand the lack of interest from the big spending clubs.

    What a great move though.
    They still might.

    Hold the Presser already!

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    Trade Arroyo.

    Go get a legit SS.
    I want Arroyo and Harang in the rotation in 2010 to eat innings while Bailey and Cueto continue to grow up. With Maloney as a placeholder and Volquez, Chapman and Leake all possibly ready in 2011, and guys like Owings, Klinker and Lecure as disaster options, I'm thinking Travis Wood becomes expendable.
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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    I want Arroyo and Harang in the rotation in 2010 to eat innings while Bailey and Cueto continue to grow up. With Maloney as a placeholder and Volquez, Chapman and Leake all possibly ready in 2011, and guys like Owings, Klinker and Lecure as disaster options, I'm thinking Travis Wood becomes expendable.
    Keep Travis Wood (I never thought I'd type that), trade Matt Maloney (I'm sure I've typed this many times over).

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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    Keep Travis Wood (I never thought I'd type that), trade Matt Maloney (I'm sure I've typed this many times over).
    I'd keep both. All but Chapman are righties. Lefties with great changes could come in handy at the front of the bullpen, along with DRH.
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    Re: Jeff Passan of Yahoo: Reds to sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    Keep Travis Wood (I never thought I'd type that), trade Matt Maloney (I'm sure I've typed this many times over).
    But Maloney won't bring anything back. Wood could be a key piece in a package for an actual good player.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

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    Re: Jeff Passan: Reds sign Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman to five-year, $25 million cont

    Wow for one day atleast I felt like the Bankees,Redsox fans do all the time.I was watching espnews around 1:00 this afternoon and it came across the bottom of the screen that he had signed with a team.Well I kept reading it and I seen the first three letters Red so I said the redsox got him.When I seen that it was the Reds I bout fell out of the couch lol.

    Anyways they started talking to a mlb guy that works for them and he said it was a risk for the reds to sign him.He went on to say that it will take Chapman a year or two in the minors b/c he needs to mature and grow up.Has anybody else heard that this kid does'nt like to listen to coachs that have tried to help him?
    I can spell,I just can't type!!


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