3B - OAK
Per Bob Nightengale, Matt Chapman agrees to a $6.49 million deal with the Athletics.
Although Matt Chapman suffered a season-ending hip injury, he crushed the ball in 2020 with an 18% barrel rate (98th percentile), 99 mph average exit velocity on FB/LD (No. 6), and a 51.7% hard-hit rate (95th percentile). Assuming health, buyback into Chapman in 2021.
Matt Chapman, who underwent hip surgery back on September 15th, has gotten clearance to increase activity, according to his agent Scott Boras.
Chapman's rehab was expected take four months long so he appears to be ahead of schedule and should be more than ready for spring training in 2021.
Matt Chapman underwent successful hip surgery on Tuesday.
The rehab is expected to be four months long, which means Chapman should be good to go for spring training in 2021. He'll be absent from Oakland's playoff run, which is certainly a big loss for the small-market A's.
A's third baseman Matt Chapman (hip) will undergo surgery that'll sideline him for the remainder of 2020.
It's a massive blow to a team with big-time postseason aspirations. Chapman finishes the truncated 2020 campaign with a .232 average, 10 homers, 25 RBI, and an .811 OPS in 37 games.