Former New York Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman’s insane $100 million demand for his services are reportedly untrue.
What a relief (pun intended) for the New York Yankees…
Chapman, who struck out 12.6 batters per nine innings with the Yankees before being traded to Chicago, owns the most strikeouts (617) among major league baseball relievers since 2011 and is still expected to surpass Jonathan Papelbon as the highest paid closer in baseball history.
Sportrac estimates his market value to be worth a four-year, $56 million deal with a yearly salary of just over $14 million.
One can safely assume he’ll receive a five-year deal, so he is arguably worth at least $70 million and for a dominant closer with no draft pick attached, he’s the best guy available.
The flamethrowing closer is obviously a fit for New York, who might be looking to bring in an established closer after Dellin Betances’ unconvincing finish to 2016.
Stay tuned to ESNY for the latest rumors, reports and developments this offseason, especially with the Winter meetings approaching next week.