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.