The Nationals have been linked to Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on-and-off for several years now, ever since he defected from Cuba to pitch in the big leagues. And with the Winter Meetings set to begin Monday, once again they have been tossed out there in potential trade scenarios.
But, according to a report from FOX Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers could be making the most aggressive push for the four-time All-Star.
Here is what Ken Rosenthal tweeted on Sunday:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2015
Chapman is likely to command a pretty significant price tag in any trade as one of the best closers in baseball. He has been dangled in trade talks by the Reds for months, going back to the 2015 trade deadline, but many teams have balked at the asking price.
The Nationals could certainly use Chapman in their bullpen with so much uncertainty involving the futures of Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen. But to get him, they will have to outbid the Dodgers, who at this point appear closer to acquiring him than anyone else.
Chapman, 27, has a 2.17 ERA and 146 saves in 324 career MLB games.