The Yankees have signed Aroldis Chapman to a 5-year, $86 million contract. There is an opt-out after the third year, and a full no-trade clause before the opt-out. By my estimates, the Yankees have committed about $201 million to the payroll for next year so far, above the $195 million luxury tax threshold.
We all know that Chapman is very good at baseball. He arguably had his best season in 2016, cutting his walk rate way down while maintaining his best-ever velocity. I won't bore you with that recap. However, we shouldn't forget the domestic violence incident that brought Chapman to the New York Yankees in the first place:
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami-area home following an October argument with his girlfriend in which she told police he “choked” her and pushed her against a wall, according to police reports obtained by Yahoo Sports.
No arrests were made after the incident, in which more than a dozen police officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie, Fla., around 11 p.m. on Oct. 30. Chapman’s girlfriend exited the house and hid in bushes following the argument that stemmed from something she found on Chapman’s cellphone, according to the police report.
Aroldis Chapman no-doubt makes the New York Yankees a better team. They lock in one of the absolute best relief pitchers in baseball for at least 3 years on a fairly affordable contract (for the Yankees). We'll hopefully get an emergency podcast out discussing more. For now, use this as your open thread to discuss the Chapman signing.