The Dodgers have checked in with interest in trading for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Los Angeles is known to be aggressively pursuing bullpen help on both the free-agent and trade markets.
Chapman will likely be traded by the end of next month's Winter Meetings in Nashville, and has drawn interest from many teams looking for a strong back-end bullpen solution. The Red Sox and Tigers were thought to be potential fits for the left-handers at the outset of the offseason, but the teams' respective additions of Craig Kimbrel and Francisco Rodriguez all but take them out of the race for Chapman.
The Yankees and Astros are expected to be play for Chapman, with the Nationals and Blue Jays among other contenders. The Diamondbacks showed significant interest in the flamethrower before July's non-waiver trade deadline, but appear to be satisfied with Brad Ziegler at closer.
The Dodgers are known to be one of the teams with strong interest in free-agent reliever Darren O'Day, who is expected to sign in the near future and has also been linked most frequently to the Nationals, Braves and Orioles. Los Angeles seems determined to add a solid piece to their bullpen mix and is considered likely to do so by the end of the Winter Meetings.