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Aroldis Chapman (RP)

New York Yankees - 62% owned

Bats: L, Throws: L

Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 games. Chapman will not appeal the decision, but says he did not harm his girlfriend. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The suspension will begin on opening day making him eligible to return on May 9 against the Royals. Look for Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances to get save opportunities in the meantime. The suspension does not affect his ability to take part in Spring Training.


The chances are "very high" that Aroldis Chapman receives a 25-to-30 game suspension from MLB as soon as today, according to ESPN. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: A decision was expected to come down this week, so the timing isn't surprising. Owners considering Chapman should finally have a time frame to work with. Consider his ban when it's finalized and draft accordingly.


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The expectation is that MLB will provide a suspension ruling in the case of Aroldis Chapman this week. Chapman is under review considering his alleged domestic violence incident. No charges were filed after police were called to his residence. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Chapman is suspended, he's already made it clear that he will appeal. Also, it's been reported that he will not be suspended from Spring Training.


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Even though Chapman will not be charged by law, he will be suspended in the coming days by the MLB. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is odd to see the suspension come given that Chapman has been proven innocent by law. I do not expect the suspension to be a harsh one. Move forward as if he will be ready to go for opening day. He should be one of the top three relievers taken in this years draft.


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Despite reports noting MLB's ability to suspend Yankees RP Aroldis Chapman from participating in Spring Training, a source told the LA Times that this will not happen. The expectation is that any suspension would be limited to regular season games. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

Fantasy Impact: This is not much of a surprise. While MLB technically has the power to ban someone involve in a domestic abuse situation, such as the one Chapman finds himself in, through Spring Training, it would be a new step when it comes to suspensions. Those players that have been suspended for performance-enhancing drug use have been allowed to participate in Spring Training. This doesn't mean Chapman is out of the woods, as he still faces a ban from regular season action due to his alleged misconduct.


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MLB could decide to suspend Aroldis Chapman from participating in Spring Training as a result of his domestic violence allegations. Players that are facing suspension for performance-enhancing drug use are allowed to participate in Spring Training, but the league has a new policy in place for domestic violence which would allow the commissioner to also ban players from preseason action. (Source: New York Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees knew that there would be a potential ban for Chapman when they acquired him. While it's possible he could be suspended for Spring Training, it doesn't appear that it's likely or unlikely at this point. The news is that it's potential, but MLB is still considering its options. Those considering Chapman are rolling the dice with the unknown surrounding his situation.


After having a trade to the Dodgers fall through, Aroldis Chapman was moved from the Reds this winter, moving on the Yankees for 2016. Legal issues to the side, Chapman would join with Andrew Miller and Dellin Bentances to make one of the most formidable trios in MLB history out of the bullpen. Each of the three struck out 100 or more batters during the 2015 season, the only pitchers to record 100 strikeouts out of the bullpen last season. The Yankees were able to get the Reds' ace closer for minor league pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and minor league infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. (Source: Jack Curry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The fantasy impact of Chapman on the Yankees is huge, as the Yankees will compete for the playoffs and Chapman has a chance at 40+ saves, especially with sure setup man in Miller and Betances. The legal issues are the catch for Chapman; if he misses considerable time, it is tough to see him as the top RP, which he would have been without the snag for legal issues. The best advice is to draft both Chapman and whoever the Yankees pick as his stop gap while he is suspended. Combining either Miller or Betances with Chapman should make the top RP for 2016.


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Aroldis Chapman is being investigated under the league's domestic violence policy due to an October incident involving the RP and his girlfriend. The league is investigating the incident, though they have not placed the trade on hold. The teams have taken a step back considering the situation and could ultimately decide to wait until there's a resolution. Chapman could face suspension of an undetermined amount of time due to the incident. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Just like the teams involved, fantasy owners will want to monitor this and perhaps let it fully play out before making any decisions based on the pending trade. Chapman could avoid suspension, or he could be lost for a significant period depending on what results from the investigation.


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The Dodgers have acquired closer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds in exchange for two prospects. The deal is pending review of medical records. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's another report that none of the Dodgers' top prospects, Julio Urias, Corey Seager or Jose De Leon, are heading to Cincinnati. Chapman has been one of the league's best closers for several years. As such, he's a top fantasy closer. The move to LA should only help his totals. He'll transition to a team with a better competitive outlook for 2016, potentially providing more save opportunities. He also moves to a better park for pitchers.


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The Dodgers have agreed to send two prospects to Cincinnati for Aroldis Chapman. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Aroldis Chapman is in the final year of his contract and will be highly motivated with his new club. Chapman is arguably the best closer in the league and by far the most powerful. His fantasy stock has increased where he will have more save opportunities in Los Angeles.


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Aroldis Chapman has converted six of his last seven saves spanning back into August, but won the game where he blew a save on September 15. Chapman has a 1-0 record with four saves in September, striking out 11 batters in 5 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Chapman is over 100 strikeouts once again, 107, and has 30 saves and a 1.80 ERA this season. He is only the 10th-ranked RP, mainly because of his low save total, but also because his 4.5 walks per nine have his WHIP at 1.22. The young fireballer has 12 saves in 14 opportunities in the second half, posting a 1.99 ERA, .226 batting average against, and 1-1 record.


Reds closer Aroldis Chapman pitched just once in the span of 12 days because of shoulder soreness, but he was on back on the mound Monday. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Aroldis Chapman did not look back to 100% on Monday, walking two of the five batters he faced. Owners of Chapman need to show patience before putting the shaky fireballer back in your lineups.


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The Diamondbacks are waiting to hear back from the Reds on their offer for closer Aroldis Chapman. According to CBSSports, Arizona General Manager Dave Stewart has continuously voiced his desire to acquire the closer from the Reds, and has put an offer on the table. (Source: CBSSports)

Fantasy Impact: Currently holding a 1.65 ERA and 21 saves this season, Chapman will make an immediate impact for the Diamondbacks if Stewart is able to put the pieces in place.


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According to a report by Jeff Passan, the Diamondbacks and Reds are talking about the transfer of pitcher Aroldis Chapman. The Reds are aiming high for an asking price, but according to several of Passan's sources, there is interest between the two squads. (Source: Jeff Passan)

Fantasy Impact: The Diamondbacks are eight games out of the division and 7.5 outside of the wild card. Adding Chapman, who currently sports a 1.73 ERA over 42 appearances and 74 strikeouts during an All-Star season, would be a huge pickup for the D-Backs, and for fantasy owners would essentially guarantee that Chapman would see immense amounts of game time down the stretch.


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The Reds defeated the Phillies on Wednesday by the score of 5-2. The win improved the Reds to 27-31 on the season. Aroldis Chapman retired the Phillies in order in the ninth on 12 pitches to record his 12th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Chapman has struck out seven and not allowed a hit over his last four appearances. He's struck out 45 in 27 1/3 innings. While he's walked 17 and has a relative high 1.35 WHIP, Chapman remains a dominant fantasy closer.


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The Cincinnati Reds fell to the Colorado Rockies on Monday, 5-4. Aroldis Chapman took the loss, allowing a run on a hit and a walk in an inning of work. He struck out two, but struggled for the second straight day.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his recent poor outings, Chapman is still one of the top closers in the league with an ERA of 1.86. He's 31 in 19 1/3 innings, walked 10 and allowed 17 hits. Owners should expect Chapman to bounce back and be dominant for much of the rest of the season.


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The Cincinnati Reds fell to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, 5-2. Aroldis Chapman got some work and struggled a bit in a non-save situation. He allowed two hits, two walks and a run. Of the 26 pitches he threw, only 13 were for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Chapman has seen saves and a 1.47 ERA for the season. He's struck out 29 in just 18 1/3 innings, while walking nine. Unlike previous seasons, he's allowed nearly a hit per inning pitched. Chapman is still one of the top fantasy closers in the league.


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Reds' closer threw two Cactus League innings against the Athletics. He conceded 3 earned runs including a big home run by catcher Josh Phegley.

Fantasy Impact: Aroldis Chapman is a safe pick as one of the first three closers off the board. In 2014 he led the majors in strikeout rate with 52.5%. By comparison the next highest was Andrew Miller with 42.6%.


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Chapman and Reds agree to 1 year deal. (Source: AP Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The Reds and flame throwing closer Aroldis Chapman came to terms on a 1 year 8.05 million dollar deal late last week. The move will keep the Cuban missile launcher in Cincinnati for at least one more season, Chapman will be arbitration eligible again next offseason. While a 1 year deal may not provide Reds fans much assurance for the future, the 2015 fantasy outlook is quite promising. Chapman completed his 2014 campaign 36/38 in save opportunities, held opponents to a batting average of .119, and posted an astounding strikeout percentage of 52.5%. With only a 1 year contract in place and free agency looming following the 2016 season, expect 2015 to be a career year for the most dominant closer in baseball.


Chapman is projected by Steamer to continue his success in 2015 as the Reds closer. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: Expect Chapman to be his usual self out of the bullpen. I wouldn't expect a lot of innings out of him as Bryan Price likes to limit his outings.