Yankees Get Their Closer Back

The New York Yankees recently signed free agent, Aroldis Chapman, to a 5-year, $86 million deal. Chapman won the World Series this past year as a member of the Chicago Cubs. During the 2016 season, Chapman was a member of the Yankees up until the July 31 trade deadline. At that time, the Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs for prospect Gleyber Torres, who currently holds the number one ranking as the Yankees best prospect, according to ESPN’s Baseball America. They also acquired reliever Adam Warren, and outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. After the trade, Chapman thanked the fans of New York and said he was always open to coming back to New York. During his first tenure with the Yankees, Chapman became very close friends with all-star pitcher, Dellin Betances. This, along with the money, was a very big reason why he returned to New York. Not only can he not be traded in the first three years, he also has an opt out after those three seasons, meaning, he can decide to leave the team and sign elsewhere during the 2018 off-season. This is a big deal because it has been reported that in 2018 the Yankees would be the team that will go after MVP, Bryce Harper, and hand him the highest paying contact ever. Additionally, the possible signing of all star Manny Machado would make it the biggest free agent signing the Yankees have made since 2009 when they signed AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and CC Sabathia; The Yankees went on to win the World Series that year. If he decides to not opt out after those three years, he has a limited no-trade clause. Throughout his tenure in New York, Chapman could not be traded to any team in California (Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim). His contract is the highest paid contract ever for an everyday closer, exceeding the second highest amount by Mark Melancon for 4-yr/$62 million, given to him a day before Chapman signed with the Yankees. A lot of people have questioned the amount of money they gave to a pitching closer, but when it comes to the Yankees, when they need something, no matter the price, they will go out and get it.