MLB Notebook: Dodgers get Chapman from Reds

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to acquire All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in a trade for two prospects, according to multiple reports Monday.

Former Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch during a September game in Cincinnati. The Reds agreed to trade Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. (Photo by David Kohl - USA Today Sports)

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to acquire All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in a trade for two prospects, according to multiple reports Monday.

The deal is pending Chapman passing a medical examination, FOX Sports reported.

Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said last month that he hoped to move the hard-throwing left-hander before Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, which began Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

Chapman, entering the final year of his contract, has averaged more than 15 strikeouts per nine innings in six years in the majors since defecting from Cuba.

Chapman’s career 2.17 ERA with 146 saves could be teamed with established Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who had 80 saves for Los Angeles the past two seasons.


-- The Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Wade Miley and right-hander Jonathan Aro from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-hander Carson Smith and left-hander Roenis Elias.

Miley, 29, was 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA in 32 starts for the Red Sox in 2015. Aro, 25, made his major league debut with Boston on June 25 and went 0-1 with a 6.79 ERA over 10 1/3 innings in six relief appearances.

Smith, 26, went 2-5 with 13 saves and a 2.31 ERA over 70 innings in 70 games with the Mariners in 2015. Elias, 27, went 5-8 with a 4.14 ERA over 115 1/3 innings in 22 games (20 starts).

-- Right-handed relief pitcher Joakim Soria and right-hander Chris Young agreed to deals with the Kansas City Royals, according to multiple reports.

Soria, who pitched in Kansas City from 2007-11, agreed to a three-year, $25 million contract, the Kansas City Star reported.

Young’s two-year deal is worth approximately $11.75 million, according to CBS Sports.

Soria, 31, posted a 2.53 ERA over 72 combined outings between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Young, 36, was 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 34 games (18 starts) over 123 1/3 innings last season for the World Series champions.

-- The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million deal to bring back right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill, according to ESPN.


Cahill, 27, posted a 2.12 ERA in 17 relief appearances for the Cubs, who shifted him to the bullpen. He also appeared in six postseason games.

Over seven major league seasons, Cahill is 65-72 with one save and a 4.13 ERA.

-- Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon filed a grievance against the team for failing to pay his salary during the four-game suspension for his role in a dugout fight with outfielder Bryce Harper, according to reports.

The Nationals suspended Papelbon, 34, without pay for the Sept. 28 dugout incident in which he choked Harper, who was named National League MVP after the season.

A hearing for the case has not yet been scheduled but is expected to take place before the start of the 2016 season.

-- The Cleveland Indians claimed outfielder Joey Butler off outright waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, the club announced on Monday.

Butler batted .276 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 88 games for Tampa Bay last season. He also has seen major-league action with the Texas Rangers (eight games in 2013) and St. Louis Cardinals (six games in 2014).

Cleveland designated left-hander Jayson Aquino for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for the 29-year-old Butler.

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