Updating our earlier news, it is now appearing more likely that Aroldis Chapman will be a Cincinnati Red.
Besides our sources, the Reds themselves are announcing the news stating, "MLB.com has confirmed from a National League source that the team involved is the Reds."
We are also hearing this elsewhere, such as from Jeff Blair of Toronto's Globe and Mail, who also confirmed that Aroldis Chapman has agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Reds.
The Cuban left-hander drew bids this winter from baseball's biggest spenders and several surprise teams, but the Reds stepped forward and grabbed him with an overwhelming offer. Chapman's fastball has been clocked in the triple-digits but he has no major league experience and his first year in the show may be an adventure.
No word on whether the similarities in hats had anything to do with his decision.
Again, none of this is 100% confirmed, but it is the latest news.
We'll update when more news comes in.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
by Dave Singer