The Diamondbacks, however, are said to be out of the race to acquire Chapman “for now,” according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks “want to land Chapman with idea of extending him past 2016.”
Acquiring Chapman will be expensive, as expected. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com recently reported that the Reds were asking for three “high-level prospects” in a trade involving Chapman.
Chapman, 27, is arguably the best closer in baseball. In 44 games this season, he is 3-4 with 21 saves, a 1.65 ERA and 77/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Barring an unlikely turn of events, Chapman should be staying put in Cincinnati. It is July 31 and things can change quickly, so stay tuned.
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