Aroldis Chapman is back in the Bronx.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 8, 2016
Brian Cashman has continuously stated over the course of this offseason that Chapman was the New York Yankees number one target. Trading him away to the Chicago Cubs around the trade deadline last year, Cashman was able to re-tool the farm system, acquiring three prospects alongside Adam Warren. In exchange, the Cubs were able to win a World Series, due in some part to Chapman’s play down the stretch.
The deal for Chapman is a five year contract, with an opt out after year three, worth approximately $86 million, inclusive of an $11 million signing bonus.
Last season, Chapman posted a 1.55 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, 36 saves, while striking out 90 hitters.
This move likely spells the end for Dellin Betances as a closer, likely reverting him back to a set-up man and Chapman taking back control of the ninth inning.