It's being reported that Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman has reached a $30 million deal with an NL team.
Until this gets cleared up, AC will be updating. You know, just on the off-chance that the Astros threw $30m at him... (But remember on Wednesday The Apparatus said the Astros weren't really interested.)
Jon Paul Morosi says it's not the Nationals. 1 down, 15 teams to go.
Jeff Passan narrows it down to an NL Central club, and notes the Reds look like the best bet.
MLB.com's Joe Frisaro says it's not the Marlins, and agrees on the Reds possibility.
Buster Olney says it ain't the Padres or Dodgers, nor is it the Rockies or Braves. And the Mets "have no interest."
Yahoo's Tim Brown says it's not the Brewers.
Jim Bowden is reportedly saying it's not the Cardinals.
Morosi is saying that the Reds aren't confirming or denying, but officials from two other clubs think Chapman has signed with the Reds.
Dejan Kovacevic says it's not the Pirates.
Jeff Blair hears that Chapman to Cincinnati is a done deal.
And Jeff Passan, who broke the story, is confirming that the Reds have signed Chapman to a 5-year, $30m deal.
I had just about convinced myself that the Astros might actually sign Chapman. Silly...