The New York Yankees have signed closer Aroldis Chapman to a 5 year, $86 million contract, reuniting him with a team that traded him in late July. The deal includes a three-year opt-out, with a no-trade clause.
Chapman, 28, was acquired by the Yankees a year ago from the Cincinnati Reds. He was suspended for the first 30 games last season due to a domestic violence policy, making his team debut on May 9th against the Kansas City Royals.
Taking over as closer in mid May, Chapman’s time with the Yankees was nothing short of spectacular. He was the main guy in a bullpen that also featured All-Star relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.
Chapman was shipped a week before this year’s trade deadline to the Chicago Cubs in a package that included top prospects Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney. Torres at just 19 years old was the MVP of the recent Arizona Fall League hitting a league’s best .403 and having a 1.158 OPS. The 19 year-old shortstop was only one of the 13 prospects obtained by the Yankees last season. McKinney, 22, is a left-handed outfielder, who is the team’s 16th ranked prospect according to MLB.com.
Chapman spent the second half of the regular season as the closer for Chicago Cubs, in which he would help the team win it’s first World Series title since 1908. He finished the season 36 for 39 in save opportunities, holding a 1.55 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.
The 100 mph fireballer will now once again be the Yankees’ closer, dropping Dellin Betances to the 8th inning setup role.