Rosenthal: Dodgers to acquire closer Chapman from Reds for two prospects

Los Angeles has addressed its bullpen needs with the flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman.

Joe Robbins

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a deal to acquire closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported Monday. In return, the Reds will receive two prospects.

Chapman, 27, will be a free agent after the 2016 season.

The left-hander was 4-4 with a 1.63 ERA and 33 saves in 65 appearances this past season. He stuck out 116 batters in 66 1/3 innings. In 2015, Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the big leagues, ranging from 103.92 mph to 102.36 mph, according to Major League Baseball’s Statcast computer system. 

Over his six-season major-league career –€“ spent entirely with the Reds, Chapman is 19-20 with a 2.17 ERA, 146 saves and a 15.4 K/9 ratio.


He joins a bullpen that already has closer Kenley Jansen, who like Chapman is eligible for salary arbitration this winter and can become a free agent next November. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.