According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are “strong in the mix” for Aroldis Chapman. Rosenthal reported there are at least two other clubs involved.
Brian Cashman was given clearance by ownership to trade Chapman. And Rosenthal reported late Saturday that the Yankees told teams they were close to dealing Chapman.
The Yankees also told teams they will hold onto Andrew Miller, at least for now.
Rosenthal reported Sunday morning, the Giants, Dodgers and Nationals, along with possibly the Indians have pursued Chapman.
Jim Bowden believes the Cubs are the favorites to acquire Aroldis Chapman followed by the Nationals and then the Indians.
Will update as information becomes available.
Updated 10:59am CDT – According to Jon Heyman, a mystery team has surfaced in the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes. The Nationals, Indians, Giants and Cubs are in the running for Chapman. The Nationals have made Chapman their top priority and No. 1 target. Heyman reported the Yankees “seem to have made progress with one or more teams” in the negotiations for Chapman.
Updated 11:02am CDT – Henry Schulman reported the Giants “are getting the strong sense the Yankees are going in a different direction with Chapman.” The Giants have gotten “radio silence” from Brian Cashman.
Updated 1:06pm CDT – Bruce Levine reported the Indians “have the best names on the table” for Aroldis Chapman. A deal with the Indians could be close and the Nationals are being very aggressive. Levine added the Indians, Nationals and Cubs are considered the best matches for Chapman.
Updated 1:08pm CDT – The Yankees are telling interested teams, according to Jon Heyman, they will not include any of the $5 million left owed to Chapman this season.