Aroldis Chapman is going to Hollywood, and no one is quite sure how it is going to work.
According to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded two prospects to the Cincinnati Reds Monday in exchange for the hardest thrower in baseball. The trade gives the Dodgers two of the best closers in baseball – Chapman and Kenley Jansen.
In four years as the Dodgers’ closer, Jansen has made 262 appearances with 133 saves, a 2.33 ERA, a 0.910 WHIP and 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings. During that same span, Chapman has picked up 145 saves in 255 games with a 1.90 ERA, a 0.958 WHIP and 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
The 28-year-old Cuban threw the 60 fastest pitches recorded in 2015, topping out at 104 mph.
With both he and Jansen heading into contract years, it could be tricky for new Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to convince one of them to accept a set-up role. That is why, even when this trade was just a rumor, it was considered likely Chapman would be moved in another deal for starting pitching.
Rosenthal tweeted that “players who know Jansen do not believe he would react well if he lost closer’s job with Dodgers set to acquire Chapman. Stay tuned.”
The prospects going to Cincinnati were not immediately known, but teenaged pitching phenom Jose Urias is not believed to be involved.