The Cincinnati Reds have been shopping their flame-throwing closer, Aroldis Chapman, and the hope is that they can move him before the Winter Meetings beginning, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
#Reds Walt Jocketty said there's 'nothing close' with Aroldis Chapman. Hopes to get something done by the Winter Meetings— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 19, 2015
After the haul that the Padres got back for Craig Kimbrel, there's no surprise that the Reds might want to act quickly to move Chapman. The closer's market is picking up steam, and with the Red Sox off the board, that's one less team for the Reds to talk with. The Tigers are also off the board, after they acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers on Wednesday.
The Astros, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays and Nationals are the teams left that have been rumored as potential trade partners for Chapman and the Reds
Chapman is a free agent following the 2016 season, and is slated to make big money through arbitration (a projected $12.9 million). The Reds also have some other pieces they could be moving this season, like Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. If they go for a full rebuild, stars like Joey Votto and Todd Fraizer could be on the table as well.