Let me preface this by saying that I have not heard any rumors or links putting Chapman in a Red Sox uniform. I am just generally aware (see what I did there?) that the Red Sox have a closer on the wrong side of 40 and need all the pitching help that they can get.
Prior to Chapman defecting from Cuba and signing with the Reds, the Red Sox were very much in the mix to sign him as an international free agent. Up until he signed with the Reds, many felt that the Red Sox were one of the favorites to land the lefty's talents. While he struggled to an extent in his first full season (2011) with Cincinnati (3.60 ERA) he has been nothing short of spectacular since.
He has been an all star the past 4 seasons and looks to make some big money on the free agent market at the end of this season. But where exactly does the bidding start and end? Sure, Chapman throws the hardest fastball in all of the majors, but he still isn't a starter and would be approaching that type of money.
In my opinion, Chapman could get a deal just north of Andrew Miller's 4 year, $36 million. If the Red Sox are able to dump Koji Uehara at the Trade Deadline, they will be in the market for a closer and a couple bullpen arms.
With Shane Victorino's remaining money, which was eaten by the Red Sox to complete his trade to the Angels, and Mike Napoli coming off the books at the end of the season, the Red Sox will have the necessary capital to be in the market for some of the top pitching free agents this offseason.
Many think that the Red Sox need to solely focus on starting pitching, but what exactly do they have in the bullpen aside from Junichi Tazawa? Breslow is a free agent after this season and I personally do not want to see Robbie Ross Jr. closing games for the Red Sox in 2016.
The Red Sox should open up their checkbooks and sign Aroldis Chapman to be the closer for the Boston Red Sox for as long as he can keep it up. Chapman is in the prime of his career right now and could help this team tremendously.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS