The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to acquire left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for two prospects, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
However, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, there is no deal done yet for Chapman, as multiple teams could be involved.
The Dodgers have been in pursuit of Aroldis Chapman for a good part of the weekend and it appeared that their interest intensified after they lost out on signing Ryan Madson.
The only issue with Chapman in Los Angeles is that Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers closer in 2015, will be unable to hold that role going forward. It remains to be seen what the Dodgers will do with Jansen if they do end up acquiring Chapman.
The Dodgers' relief unit wasn't as bad in 2015 as it had been in 2014, but it still could use some work. The group posted the 12th-highest ERA in the Majors, but FIP and xFIP suggest that they could have been victims of bad luck.
Overall, the Dodgers' relievers combined for a 4.5 fWAR, good for eighth in MLB.
Chapman is the hardest-throwing relief pitcher in the game today. Constantly topping out over 100, Chapman holds the record for the fastest pitch ever recorded. Last season, he went 4-4 with a 1.63 ERA and 116 to 33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 66 1/3 innings. He saved 33 of 36 games and was named to the NL All-Star team for the third consecutive season.
Stay tuned for more updates as this story continues to develop.