Matt Chapman is now a free agent. MLB.com is keeping track of the latest news and rumors surrounding the third baseman.
Feb. 19: Are Mariners a fit for Chapman?
The Mariners overhauled their lineup this offseason, with Jorge Polanco, Mitch Garver, Luke Raley, Mitch Haniger and Luis Urías in and Eugenio Suárez, Teoscar Hernández, Jarred Kelenic, Tom Murphy and Mike Ford out. However, Seattle might not be done with its offensive makeover.
The Mariners “have discussed the possibility of adding Chapman” to fill the third-base void created by the trade of Suárez to the D-backs back in November, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (subscription required).
Chapman would be a major upgrade on both sides of the ball over Seattle’s current hot-corner options, which include Urías and Josh Rojas.
Feb. 13: Is there still room for Chapman with Giants?
The Giants have been connected to Chapman for months now and were still in touch with the third baseman as of last week, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for the New York Post.
However, San Francisco's reported three-year deal with slugger Jorge Soler potentially could close the door on the team's pursuit of Chapman.
Prior to the Soler move, it seemed possible that the Giants could sign Chapman to play third base and move J.D. Davis to designated hitter. But with Soler now likely to get a majority of the playing time at DH, San Francisco doesn't appear to have room for Chapman, barring a trade of Davis.