Aroldis Chapman, Yankees Agree To Ridiculous Five-Year, $86 Million Deal

Ryan Phillips

Aroldis Chapman is headed back to the Bronx. The 28-year-old closer has agreed to a ridiculous five-year, $86 million contract with the New York Yankees.

Chapman was traded to the Yankees from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, before the Yankees shipped him to the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline this summer. Chapman helped the Cubs win a World Series and will head back to New York after what amounts to a few month vacation in Chicago.

Chapman’s new deal is the richest ever given to a closer. It’s also absolutely ridiculous contract for a guy who only threw 58 innings in 2016 and 66.1 in 2015. Yeah, Chapman can be unhittable, but that’s a ton of cash for someone who won’t be on the field much.

During his seven-year career, Chapman has a 23-21 record, a 2.08 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 182 saves in 205 opportunities. He also has 636 strikeouts and 173 walks in 377 innings pitched.

Chapman’s numbers almost certainly won’t improve, and his otherworldly velocity is almost sure to dissipate over time. Not to mention the fact he was suspended 30 games last season for a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend.