Cincinnati was reportedly shopping Aroldis Chapman before the non-waiver trade deadline but did not move him because the asking price was too high. However, the asking price is not expected to drop significantly this winter.
As the Reds begin looking towards 2016, the organization is hoping to add a top of the rotation starter and relief help in the back end of the bullpen. The organization is rebuilding after trading Alfredo Simon and Mat Latos before the season and moving Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Marlon Byrd. Season-ending injuries to Homer Bailey, Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco might have also factored into Cincinnati's 2015 struggles.
Arizona could once again attempt to acquire the closer and other teams seeking closing help will likely get involved. But if the Reds are asking for too much, there might only be limited interest. In August, Cafardo was told the asking price was "incredibly unrealistic," however some clubs could be open to moving multiple prospects in exchange for Chapman.
Chapman, 27, has pitched to a 1.70 ERA and 1.86 FIP over 58.1 innings this season. He has also successfully saved 30 contests and has done so in each of the last three seasons.