Breaking: Aroldis Chapman To Stay With the Yankees
The Yankees will keep their closer.
Aroldis Chapman will remain a Yankee for three more seasons, through 2022.
Chapman, who was the American League Relief Pitcher of the Year, is a core piece of the Yankees’ championship puzzle. Losing him would have weakened the bullpen, especially if Dellin Betances does not return. Extending Chapman’s contract by only one year (and not two) makes this deal a strong one for the Yankees. They should not be paying for much of a decline. Chapman is transitioning from a pure flamethrower to a pitcher who can retire batters with pitches other than his fastball. This was the smart move for the Yankees.
In the volatile world of today’s free agency, this was also the smart move for Chapman.
This is a good way for the Yankees to begin the off season as it shows that they are going to be willing to spend necessary money to build a championship caliber club.
Will a starting pitcher be next?
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has reached a new deal with the team and will not opt out, sources tell ESPN. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 3, 2019
Aroldis Chapman will add an extra year at $18 million on top of the two years, $30 million remaining on his deal, sources tell ESPN. The deal will keep Chapman with the Yankees through the 2022 season. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 3, 2019
This is from Aroldis Chapman’s Instragram: