According to national baseball writer Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post, the Nationals will push for Chapman prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, supposedly placing four of its top-five prospects off-limits in negotiations.
As pointed out earlier, still lots of depth to deal from — Fedde, Voth, Taylor, Treinen, Difo, Rivero, etc. Cost on Miller w 2 yrs is high.
On Monday, Svrluga reported that Yankees scouts were in Syrcause last weekend to watch Washington’s Triple-A affiliate, and traveled to the nation’s capital on Tuesday to watch Nationals’ right-hander Reynaldo Lopez make his major league debut.
Nightengale: I think the Nationals got Arolids Chapman written all over them. I mean, Chapman and Dusty Baker were close, the assistant GM Bob Miller had Chapman with the Cincinnati Reds. I think it’s a perfect fit, a short-term fit, and they’re gonna do something. I think they’ve got a chance too, to win the World Series, but they’re missing that one big bullpen piece.
Chapman, who becomes an unrestricted free-agent this winter, told reporters earlier in the week that he hopes to re-sign with the Yankees during the offseason. The 28-year-old lefty has recorded 19 saves and 40 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.