The Dodgers missed out on re-signing Zack Greinke, but they reportedly fortified their bullpen in a major way on Monday morning.
Los Angeles acquired Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in exchange for two prospects, according to multiple reports.
Chapman, a 27-year-old right-hander, is eligible for free agency after next year's World Series. He threw the 62 fastest pitches in the big leagues this year, ranging from 103.92 mph to 102.36 mph, according to Major League Baseball's Statcast computer system.
He joins a bullpen that already has closer Kenley Jansen, who like Chapman is eligible for salary arbitration this winter and can become a free agent next November.
After defecting from Cuba, Chapman spent the last six seasons with the Reds and saved 146 games in 164 chances. He had a 1.63 ERA this year, when he struck out 116 in 66.1 innings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
#Dodgers’ plan, at least right now, would be to keep both Chapman and Jansen. Build strength from back of bullpen with price of SP so high.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2015
Players who know Jansen do not believe he would react well if he lost closer’s job with #Dodgers set to acquire Chapman. Stay tuned.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2015
Chapman deal is agreed to with dodgers. 2 prospects to reds. (not seager, urias or deleon). Pending medicals— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 7, 2015