Aroldis Chapman Rumor Roundup

According to various reports well documented by MLBTradeRumors.com, there are at least seven teams, including the Yankees, Blue Jays, Athletics, Marlins, Orioles and Angels, that have expressed interest in Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman.

Yankees: According to Chad Jennings, the Yankees senior vice-president of baseball operations Mark Newman called Chapman “this winter’s most intriguing available player.” The Yankees have yet to make an offer, but they could be more interested in him after including their one of their top pitching prospects, Arodys Vizcaino, in a deal for Javier Vazquez. Think of it as a way for them to replenish their farm system.

Blue Jays: According to Jorge Arangure Jr of ESPN, Toronto held a private workout for Chapman and met with his representatives Thursday morning. They were also one of the 15 or so teams to watch him pitch last month.

Marlins: According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Fish have made a five-year $13 million offer. They are one of only two teams to have actually made him an offer. It seems like a low one, but there is no income tax in the state of Florida and they could potentially up the offer if Joe Frisaro of MLB.com is on to something with the idea that they have extra cash because they have the relatively high 23rd overall draft pick.

Angels: According to Mark Saxon of ESPN, the Angels “appear to be lining up an offer” for Chapman. The Angels might have fallen behind the Mariners this offseason after all of their moves so they could make a solid offer to Chapman to make up for that.

Orioles: According to Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the team’s president Andy MacPhail has only spoken in “generalites” with Chapman’s agent. They’re are not reports that they are close to making an offer at this time, but they have been looking to add pitching and have expressed interest.

Athletics: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s are “in the thick of the bidding.” They are not typically big spenders, but they have made big splashes in the international market before in the case of Michael Ynoa.

Red Sox: According to Arangure Jr, the Red Sox were the only other team to actually make an offer to Chapman. It was a $15.5 million offer, but it was made before he signed with the Hendricks brothers who are now his agents. It’s hard to tell if that is still technically on the table, but it is rumored that he could earn anywhere between $20-$25 million.

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