Chapman Deal Months in the Making
Reds' approach focused on scouting, selling situation
CINCINNATI -- Before their bold and surprising signing of Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman, the Reds didn't even garner a mention during the majority of the bidding process -- at least not until the very end.
That's exactly how general manager Walt Jocketty wanted it.
"That's the way I like to do it from time to time -- stay under the radar," Jocketty said. "It worked, I think, because there wasn't a lot of attention to it." [...]
Many teams, such as the Red Sox and Yankees, were indicating to Hendricks they viewed Chapman as mostly a luxury. Boston, which had recently signed free agent John Lackey, already had a stocked pitching staff. So did the Yankees. Clubs like these viewed Chapman as part of their big league plans -- in 2011 or '12.
The Reds presented themselves as a younger club that could provide a chance for Chapman to pitch in the Majors in 2010.