Padres Linked to Big-Name Free-Agent Reliever

Tyler Maher
The San Diego Padres have been linked to a big-name reliever in free agency.
The San Diego Padres have been linked to a big-name reliever in free agency. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The San Diego Padres have assembled quite the collection of stars in recent years, acquiring Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts and others.

Now, the team has its sights sets on one of the biggest names left in free agency.

Aroldis Chapman Padres Rumors

San Diego's newest target is Aroldis Chapman, who's one of the hardest throwers in baseball history. The 34-year-old flamethrowing southpaw has racked up 315 saves with a 2.48 ERA in 13 seasons so far while striking out 40.2% of opposing batters.

Despite his impressive statistics, Chapman is available after his controversial exit from the New York Yankees last October. Chapman was left off the team's postseason roster after missing a mandatory workout, seemingly because he was upset about his reduced role and diminishing performance.

Now a free agent after spending the last 6 1/2 seasons with the Yankees, Chapman clearly needs a change of scenery. The seven-time All-Star will need to prove himself after enduring the worst statistical season of his career in 2022 and leaving New York on poor terms.

Will the Padres be the team to give him a shot? If recent history is any indication, Chapman could very well end up in Southern California.

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