Chapman changes agents

MLB.com has confirmed the report that Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has switched agents and is now represented by Relativity Baseball. Chapman was previously represented by Hendricks Sports. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan first reported the news.

Chapman had the option to enter into arbitration for the first time last winter. He avoided the hearing with a one-year, $5 million contract. Chapman will be second-year eligible for arbitration this offseason and become a free agent for the first time after the 2016 season.

Following his late start to the decision after being struck in the face by a line drive during Spring Training, Chapman had one of best seasons in the Majors in 2014. A three-time All-Star, he posted a 2.00 ERA in 54 games with 36 saves in 38 chances. Over 54 innings, he had a 17.7 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio and a 0.8333 WHIP.

Chapman, 26, became the first pitcher to average 100 mph (100.3 exactly) during a season as recorded by Pitch F/X.

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Don’t know Relativity Baseball. Wonder if that heralds a more aggressive bargaining stance to be taken by Chapman? With the existing contracts of Votto, Phillips & Bailey, plus the upcoming contract situations of Cueto, Latos et al, you have to wonder how the Reds are going to retain the nucleus of their team. The answer may be that they aren’t. It will be interesting to see what happens this off-season.

They aren’t ! Maybe they shouldn’t .

Could be!

He’s worth a great deal as trade bait. We don’t win at the back end.

Nor can we afford him in the future.

Definetly can’t afford them all. I wonder how much the Reds are spending in the front office with the multiple ex-general mgrs to help Joketty run the club.

Noticed the Reds have outrighted Soto and Trevor Bell. We signed a 16 year old catcher from Australia that six other clubs were interested in. He is suppose to come to spring training.

If he’s any good, I’ll volunteer to chauffeur him around.

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