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MLB Winter Meetings 2015: First Big Deal Goes Down as Reds Ship Chapman to Dodgers

UPDATE 3:39pm EST: Now more sources are reporting the deal for Chapman is not done, and that a third team could become involved before it’s all said and done…stay tuned

NASHVILLE – It was a deal that made many go ‘wow’ when they first heard it, and truly the first big deal of the 2015 MLB Winter Meetings.

Fox Sports say the Dodgers pulled off a deal with the Cincinnati Reds for closer Aroldis Chapman, a player who will has been to the last four All-Star games and will only make them better.

In six seasons Chapman has compiled 146 saves to go along with his hardest throw in baseball. Last season with the Reds he had a 1.63 ERA and recorded 33 saves in 65 games pitched.

His career numbers are very good, 146 saves in 319 innings with an ERA of 2.17. He has struck out 15.4 batters per nine innings pitched in his career, the highest rate in Major League Baseball history.

You have to wonder if the Dodgers are going to dangle Kenley Jansen out on the trade market, or if they are going to try to give new manager Dave Roberts the best bullpen 1-2 punch in baseball.

If they do want to move Jansen, he will have takers, as last season he put up a 2.41 ERA to go along with 36 saves.

As far as who the Reds are getting in return, there are rumblings that the deal is ‘not done yet’ officially, despite what Fox is reporting with the Reds getting a pair of prospects.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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