It appears Aroldis Chapman won’t be heading to Los Angeles in any case.
After reports surfaced that the Dodgers were thinking about inking the closer to a two-year deal, Mike DiGiovanna, who covers the Dodgers and Angels for the Los Angeles Times, tweeted Thursday night that neither the interest nor the contract offer were true.
Citing anonymous sources, DiGiovanna reported that the Dodgers are “not involved within the bidding for the embattled LHP.”
Former Mets infielder Carlos Baerga, who broke the news of Rafael Devers’ 11-year, $331 million cope with the Red Sox earlier this week, linked the Dodgers and Chapman on Thursday via an Instagram post. Baerga added that the Padres were rumored to have offered Chapman a two-year deal as well.
Former Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman continues to be a free agent.Getty Images
Meanwhile, Chapman stays a free agent with lower than two months until spring training.
The 34-year-old struggled throughout this past season with the Yankees, going 4-4 with a 4.46 ERA and recording just nine saves. The campaign included a controversial ending when Chapman blew off a compulsory workout and was left off the team’s ALDS roster. Days before that, he elected to remain home in Miami as an alternative of throwing live batting practice. Chapman also frolicked on the injured list last season with a leg infection that was attributable to a tattoo.
It’s not the primary time that Chapman has been linked to the Dodgers.
In 2015, they were thinking about acquiring the hard-throwing lefty from the Reds before he was suspended for the primary 30 games of the season for alleged domestic violence. Chapman was eventually dealt to the Yankees in December of that yr before being acquired midseason by the Cubs on their method to a World Series title. The Yankees then signed him to a five-year, $86 million free agent deal.
Aroldis Chapman was 4-4 with a 4.46 ERA and just nine saves for the Yankees last seson.Getty Images
The Dodgers need bullpen help after losing Chris Martin and Tommy Kahnle to free agency this offseason, and Blake Treinen likely out for the season if he undergoes shoulder surgery, nevertheless it appears they aren’t thinking about Chapman.