MLB trade rumors: Reds willing to deal Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce

The Reds are ready to trade closer Aroldis Chapman and outfielder Jay Bruce after finishing 64-98 this past season.Both could draw a nice haul for Cincinnati.Chapman, 27, had33 saves and a1.63 ERA amid constant trade rumors in 2015.Bruce,28,hit 26 home runs and drove in87 runs last season.MORE: Ben Zobrist’s potential destinations |2015 Gold Glove Award winnersWe’ https://www.tigersedges.com/detroit-tigers/jordan-zimmermann-jersey re in a tough division (the NL Central), Walt Jocketty, Redspresident of baseball operations,said,viaFox Sports. We’ve got to be realistic about it.The Reds dealt starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake in Julywhen https://www.tigersedges.com/detroit-tigers/jose-iglesias-jersey they were already out of the playoff hunt, but decided to keep the restof their toptalent.Chapman is under team control through next season, whileBruce is under team control through 2017.I would say probably, Jocketty said when asked if he’s more willing to deal those players now. We still wanted to be somewhat protective of our club last year. We had certain guys we just didn’t want to move. We started at the deadline knowing that we would gear up ’16 would be a transition year and in ’17 and ’18, we think we could be stronger and more competitive https://www.tigersedges.com/detroit-tigers/lance-parrish-jersey .Chapman is projected to earn $12.9 million in his final year of arbitration, according toMLBTradeRumors.com.Bruce will make $12.5 million in 2016, and theReds holda $13 million club option for 2017.Reds owner Bob Castellini is on board with making more moves this offseason, sources tell Fox Sports.

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