Despite Cordero’s free agency departure and Ryan Madson’s season-ending arm injury, he was still the Reds’ setup man when the 2012 season began.
During the offseason, Sean Marshall was brought in to help close off games. Aroldis, on the other hand, threw a complete-game shutout in his first 17 appearances, allowing just seven hits and seven walks while striking out 38.
Dusty Baker handed him the ball to record the final three outs in a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees on May 20th, although he had yet to save a game during his three wins.
In the wake of this, there were more doubts about what his best role on the team should be: a set-up man, closer, or perhaps an actual starter.
Just after midnight on the following day, his arrest for speeding on I-71 in Grove City, Ohio was making headlines for a different reason.
Walt Jocketty, the Reds’ general manager, dismissed the incident as little more than a mere traffic infraction, saying, “He likes to drive his car quickly.”
More troubling, a Cuban-American now serving a 10-year prison sentence in Cuba has filed a $18 million lawsuit against Aroldis, claiming he was wrongfully imprisoned for human trafficking because of false accusations made by Chapman in 2008, when he was trying to curry favor with Cuban authorities to be allowed to travel abroad.
Claudia Manrique, a lady who claimed she was robbed of $200,000 while in Chapman’s Pittsburgh hotel room, failed a polygraph test and pleaded guilty to filing false allegations to police, resulting in additional legal troubles.
How Much Does Aroldis Chapman Make?
Aroldis Chapman earns a salary of $16,000,000.00 per year on average. Chapman will be paid a basic salary of $18,000,000 in 2022.