Just a few days after the Indians were rumored to be after Andrew Miller and Yankees scouts were spotted at an Indians minor league game, the rumors have begun to switch over to Aroldis Chapman. While several teams are interested in Chapman, Cleveland could be the team with the best trade chips.
While it was initially believed that Cleveland would not have as high interest in Chapman due to the fact they already have a solid closer in Cody Allen, things have changed with the reluctance of New York to deal Miller. In addition to the chances of acquiring Miller getting much slimmer, Allen and the Indians bullpen have made it very clear to manager Terry Francona and the front office that they are willing to take a role change should the Indians have a chance to bring in a guy like Chapman.
"We've talked numerous times," Allen said. "I've always felt the same way. If we have an opportunity to go get an Aroldis Chapman or a Mark Melancon, or somebody at the back end, then the rest of us will slide back. We'll do what we've got to do to kind of give our bullpen some length, because that makes us a better team. If you can get a lot more length out of your bullpen, and keep good arms in the game kind of at all times, then go do that."
Some sources say that Cleveland has the best offer on the table for Chapman, but with several other clubs aggressively pursuing him (Washington is reported to be the most aggressive) nothing is for certain yet.