Chapman to AFL

The Reds revealed on Thursday that LHP Aroldis Chapman would begin his transition to starting by working games in the Arizona Fall League on Oct. 24, 27 and 31. He will start the games and work a couple of innings as he stretches himself out.

“It’s preparation before he goes to winter ball,” said Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, who was watching his organization’s instructional league game on Thursday.

I also asked Jocketty on the progress of talks with RHP Francisco Cordero’s agent. It’s been awfully quiet.

“We haven’t talked since I talked with you the last time,” Jocketty told me. When asked if that meant there was a problem in the negotiations, he replied “no.”

There is also nothing new in the talks with Brandon Phillips.



I am beginning to wonder if Jocketty knew enough to sign Chapman,that money would get 2 pretty fair starters now and maybe 3 bullpen pitchers or a better lefteielder—pitchers are hard to predict.

But it could not get you all those goodies for six years, the length of Chapman’s original contract.

After his 3 starts in the AFL, Chapman then goes to play Winter Ball in Puerto Rico……The season starts Nov. 4. Chapman will start games in Puerto Rico.

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Go go go… Chapan…

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