For a change, my “So have the Reds done anything yet” question to the CTS was answered with something other than “nope, not yet.” From Reds.com:
In a stunning move, the Reds have landed prized Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman, outbidding several other Major League clubs that were in the running for the left-handed pitcher.
Major League sources told MLB.com that Chapman’s deal is likely to be worth $25 million over five years, with an option for a sixth year that could push the value of the contract to $30 million. Payment would likely be spread out over several years to minimize the financial hit.
Don’t get too excited yet. Even if the new pitching coach the Reds were so freaking anxious to put on payroll can handle Chapman’s 100 mph fastball, it’s still an “if” whether he’ll even sniff the majors in 2010.
Still, it’s nice to have something to talk about, and it’s nice to see the team investing in some young blood rather than signing another old dude to a couple years of mediocrity.