Many teams have Aroldis Chapman on their winter signing radar, but Chapman has his eyes on a return to New York.
“I would love to be a Yankee again,” Chapman told Ray Negron of NY Sports Day. “They took a chance on me, and I will always be grateful.”
Both sides are interested in a return, however there is no deal in place or an end in sight for Chapmans free-agency. The left-hander turns 29 in February, and contract talks surrounding the star have been rumored to float around $100 million for five years.
“This is a business, and the Yankees know that,” Chapman said.
With money playing a major factor in who could sign him, the Yankees and Dodgers appear to be at the top of the list to sign Chapman.
The newly crowned World Series Champion’s representatives have talked with the Yankees, but no formal offer has been set down from either side.
Chapman was dominant in his time in pinstripes pitching to a 3-0 record and an ERA of 2.01 in 31 games. He compiled 44 strikeouts and was a must-watch for Yankees fans.
After packing his bags in a trade with the Cubs for Gleyber Torres, Rashad Crawford, Billy McKinney and Adam Warren, Chapman has a chance to go back to New York, the team who took a chance on him while waiting on the decision of the domestic violence incident. Chapman was banned for the first 30 games of the season but feels a strong connection to the Yankees.
“They took a chance on me, and I will always be grateful,’’ Chapman said. “The organization treated me first class. And the fans were like no other.’’
With no Andrew Miller in New York, Dellin Betances was the last of the big three relievers in New York. If Chapman indeed heads back to New York, the team could once again have a formidable one-two punch at the back end of the bullpen and not rely on Betances as often.
Betances has been an All-Star the past three seasons as the setup man. Allowing Chapman to pitch behind him not only protects Betances but also the ninth inning of games.