Update 10:10 AM: Chris Cotillo reported last night that the D-Backs were "hopeful" on getting Chapman, and now Ken Rosenthal has more information.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DBacks?src=hash">#DBacks</a>’ interest in Chapman: Told that La Russa wants him badly. Said last night: AZ would get him with idea of extending his deal.</p>— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/627118157501734912">July 31, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Update 11:03 PM: According to Chris Cotillo, the Diamondbacks have pushed back top prospect Aaron Blair's next start.
Source: DBacks top prospect Aaron Blair had start shifted from Weds to Fri. May be related to trade talks, either directly or indirectly.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 31, 2015
Blair is ARZ's 3rd-best prospect, per @MLBPipeline. May have been shifted in order to position him for a promotion in case a ML SP is dealt.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 31, 2015
Another possibility for Blair's start being moved: DBacks may be looking to move him. Would make sense as major piece in a deal for Chapman.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 31, 2015
Original story: A couple days ago, Jeff Passan reported the Arizona Diamondbacks were interested in Aroldis Chapman, and that they had reached out to Cincinnati to gauge a possible trade. Now, according to Jon Heyman, they're awaiting word back from the Reds on a prosed deal.
d-backs awaiting word from reds on their proposal for star closer aroldis chapman. http://t.co/cEkEpkyJLg— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2015
Just yesterday, Jayson Stark reported that the market for Chapman had thinned so much, that the Reds could ultimately hold onto him. While that still may be true, and Cincinnati could keep Chapman until the upcoming winter meetings, or perhaps until next year's trade deadline, the Diamondbacks are apparently serious about acquiring the reliever.
It's somewhat of a strange move as Arizona isn't seen as a contender for this year. This could potentially be about securing him for the 2016 season, when they could be competitive. It's unclear what players are involved in the potential deal, or if the team is optimistic at all about getting Chapman. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.