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Catcher Devin Mesoraco gets 4-year deal from Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have agreed to a four-year contract with All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco, leaving them with two players in salary arbitration. Mesoraco made $525,000 last season, when he took over as the starter and led all major league catchers in homers (25) and RBIs (80) while batting .273. His 24 homers while catching were the most by a Reds player since Johnny Bench...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Yoan Moncada the Future of the New York Yankees?

Could the 19-year-old Moncada go from Cuban defector to the face of the New York Yankees? (Mandatory Credit: Jesse Sanchez) When Robinson Cano spurned the New York Yankees and signed with the Seattle Mariners, the team was left without a face and future of the franchise. Derek Jeter’s career was nearing the end, A-Rod is too old and troubled and Mariano Rivera rode off into the...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three seasons (a total that can rise to $46.75 million if a 2018...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds closer helps Cincinnati area school get new locker room

Aroldis Chapman recently made a generous donation to the men's volleyball team at Mount St. Joseph University. The team was in need of a new locker room, and Chapman stepped in to help. Chapman, who defected from Cuba in 2009 has befriended one of the players on the team-- €”Cesar Trigo de Serrano, a senior from Miami, Florida whose parents are also from Cuba. Chapman has been...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Raisel Iglesias the next Aroldis Chapman?

Is Raisel Iglesias the next Aroldis Chapman? That’s the question I’ve been pondering over the last 48 hours and I think that ultimately the answer to that question is yes. No, I don’t foresee Iglesias being a 105 MPH throwing closer, and he certainly isn’t going to do it from the left side like Chapman does. But I believe that in five years we will be asking the same questions...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Cincinnati Reds Should Trade Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is one of the most dominant closers in baseball, yet trade rumors continue to circulate around him. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Aroldis Chapman creates fear every time he steps on the mound. As a left-handed closer standing at 6-4 and commonly featuring 100 mph heaters, it’s fair to suggest most at-bats against him are, in...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds acquire Marlon Byrd, for some reason

Fresh off of selling off two-fifths of their rotation and making no other offseason moves of note, the Cincinnati Reds have chosen to trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Phillies. Sources: #Phillies and #Reds have a deal involving Marlon Byrd. RHP Ben Lively one of players headed to PHI. Announcement coming today. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014 ...
Via The Outside Corner
27 days ago  |  Discuss

My Five Favorite 2014 Aroldis Chapman Facts

I noted in my FanGraphs Player of the Year voting explanation that I very badly wanted to find a place for Aroldis Chapman. Ultimately I couldn’t do it, not with Chapman being a reliever and with other guys not being relievers, but I wanted to give Chapman some support for a season that was almost […]
Via Fangraphs
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman switches agents

After another successful season, Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is making a change off the field. The 26-year-old flamethrower, nicknamed "The Cuban Missile" will be represented by a different agency, switching from Hendricks Sports to Relativity Baseball, according to reports. Chapman saved 36 games with a 1.97 ERA for the Reds in 2014. He avoided arbitration last offseason...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman On Pace To Set Velocity Record For His Fastball

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is on the verge of doing something no other pitcher has been able to do in the history of baseball.
Via Gamedayr
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s Watch Aroldis Chapman and Javier Baez

Prospects are babies. They’re eagerly anticipated, they’re evaluated by their ceilings, their arrivals are memorable and frequently painful, and these days they’re traded for goods less than ever. They continue to be interesting for a handful of months, but then they start to develop into more fully-formed people, and the magic of limitless possibility disintegrates. […]
Via Fangraphs
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Injury Update: Aroldis Chapman unavailable with 'achy' shoulder

The Cincinnati Reds dropped to three games below .500 at 61-64 following a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Logan Ondrusek allowed a run on three hits without recording an out in the 10th inning to take the loss. The Reds were without closer Aroldis Chapman due to aching shoulder after throwing 28 pitches on Sunday. #453758926 / gettyimages.comAccording to Mark Sheldon...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Injury Update: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Phillips, Manny Parra

Aroldis Chapman of the Reds showed hamstring discomfort after throwing a 102 MPH fastball to Marcell Ozuna. He grabbed his right leg, but he continued and shut down the Marlins to earn the save, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.#452906282 / gettyimages.com"I felt a little pain or something," Chapman said via translator Tomas Vera. "It was actually something where I tried to...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Other Thing about Aroldis Chapman

I understand the lot of you are preoccupied with thinking about the imminent trade deadline. I understand some might think I write about Aroldis Chapman too much. But Chapman is maybe the funnest pitcher in baseball, so I wanted to take a moment to share a fun fact that has to do with what people […]
Via Fangraphs
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds' Pena amazed by Chapman's history making ability

CINCINNATI -- When the bullpen gate swings open and Aroldis Chapman begins his trot toward the pitching mound, Great American Ball Park becomes a one-man stage and the spotlight shines directly on Chapman. The rest of the players stand in the shadows, bit players in The Aroldis Chapman Show. And the show Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks could have been entitled, 'Cuban...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Aroldis Chapman hits 104 on radar gun

Your browser does not support iframes. Aroldis Chapman still throws very, very hard. The Cincinnati Reds reliever has struck out 66 batters in just 32 1/3 innings of work this season. When you see the 104-mph fastball he threw against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night, you’ll understand why. That’s right, Chapman hit 104. The […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman’s Taking a Break From his Changeup

The most unfair thing to imagine in baseball is Aroldis Chapman learning a knuckleball. The next-most unfair thing to imagine in baseball is Aroldis Chapman learning a changeup. This year Aroldis Chapman got around to learning a changeup, and things got weird. When we last checked in on June 19, batters had attempted 14 swings […]
Via Fangraphs
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds interested in acquiring Marlon Byrd

The Cincinnati Reds have been dealing with major injury issues this season, and they are trying to figure out a way to stay in playoff contention down the stretch this season. According to a report from Jim Salisbury, the Reds are interested in acquiring veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Philadelphia Phillies. Byrd has a four team no-trade clause, but the Reds are not one...
Via Sports-Glory
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Chapman comes up gimpy as NL loses to AL 5-3

The American League beat the National League 5-3 Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis in the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, but the Reds are going to be more concerned with the health of closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman entered the game with one out in the eighth inning and retired Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes and Seattle's Kyle Seager on groundouts. Chapman appeared...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Aroldis Chapman sets all-time record en route to nailing down save

Your browser does not support iframes.Aroldis Chapman made history Friday night when he entered the game and promptly notched a strikeout in his 40th consecutive appearance.This broke an all-time record previously held by Bruce Sutter among MLB relievers.Chapman also had a streak of 34 straight appearances with a strikeout from 2011-12. That streak in itself is good enough for fourth...
Via Redlegs Review
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Benches clear after Aroldis Chapman almost beheads Nate Schierholtz not once, but twice

Aroldis Chapman almost beheading Nate Schierholtz is scary. And the Cubs have every right to be a bit loud. But the announcer telling Chapman that he can't respond to said yelling? Shut up. [LBS]Your browser does not support iframes.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
Via Bob's Blitz
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs C John Baker Mocks Aroldis Chapman GIF

Posted to Brant Brown's GloveMany things led up to the bench clearing “brawl” between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon, but one thing that snuck under the rug was the hilarity that was John Baker’s BB celebration. Baker decided to celebrate his walk as emphatically as Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman celebrates getting a big out, or a small out, or a...
Via Sports Mockery
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

John Baker shows up Aroldis Chapman with great celebration after walk (GIF)

If Aroldis Chapman vs. Nate Schierholtz was the prelude to the Reds-Cubs bench-clearing incident on Thursday, then John Baker’s walk celebration was certainly the star of the undercard. Baker worked a 2-out walk off Chapman in the top of the 9th inning and celebrated like he hit a walk-off home run. Baker did a big […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds, Cubs clear benches after Chapman fastballs over the head

Your browser does not support iframes. Benches cleared after Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the top of the 9th of Thursday’s Reds-Cubs game following some tension between the clubs. Chapman struck out Justin Ruggiano to start the inning. Then he sailed a 101-mph fastball over the head of Nate Schierholtz on the first pitch […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Benches Clear In Cubs-Reds Game After Aroldis Chapman Chin Music (Video)

Tempers flared in Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon after a little bit of triple-digit chin music in a game between the Reds and Chicago Cubs. Benches cleared in the ninth inning of a tie game between the National League Central rivals after Reds closer Aroldis Champan struck out Chicago’s Nate Schierholtz. That’s when things got testy — not because of the strikeout, but because...
Via NESN.com
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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