Dodgers Moving Through Off-Season At 100 MPH, Grab Closer Aroldis Chapman From Reds
Rick Chandler 12:10 pm, December 07th, 2015
If you can't get the rotation hurlers you want, then why not just shorten games to six or seven innings? Over the past couple of years the Dodgers have shown that they have more money than sense, and this may fit into that category, who knows? But right now LA is looking pretty formidable in the bullpen, snagging MLB's top closer, Aroldis Chapman, from the Reds for two prospects.
Chapman and his 100 mph fastball will make $8.05 million this coming season and then is eligible to become a free agent, meaning that the Dodgers may just be renting him for six months (or seven, if things go as planned). But what an exclamation point they've added to the end of games. He'll pair with Kenley Jansen as the best 1-2 relief punch in baseball.
Chapman has a 2.17 ERA with 546 strikeouts in 319 inning in his MLB career.
Be afraid, NL West:
All-time leaders in strikeouts per 9 IP, career: 1. Aroldis Chapman 15.4, 2. Craig Kimbrel, 14.6 Kenley Jansen 14.0 >>Min. 100 IP