Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reports: Reds close to landing Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman

Sources are reporting that the Cincinnati Reds are close to signing cuban defector Aroldis Chapman to a five-year, $30 million deal. The pitcher had been linked to the Blue Jays, Red Sox Marlins and Angels, but never the Reds, until today.

While many agree that Chapman has the stuff to be a big league success, including a 100+ MPH fastball, others think his control will be a major issue.

$6 million per year is certainly a lot to give an unproven pitcher who is only 22 years old. But for Cincinnati it is a good move. It could definitely blow up in their faces, but it's a worthwhile risk for a franchise that desperately needs to improve.

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