With the World Series over and the Cubs winning it all for the first time in 108 years, the offseason is in full blume. So along with the off-season (any baseball fan will tell you) comes off-season trade rumors, so let’s get started.
Chicago Cubs fireballer Aroldis Chapman is meeting with members of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, following becoming a free agent. The Giants have also met with Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon. The Cubs are trying to re-sign him, but he has requested a $100 million dollar contract for the next five years which would double Jonathon Papelbon’s record $50 million deal for a closer, which if you ask me is totally crazy, considering the fact that he is a closer and is only paid to get the last three outs of the game. Even though Chapman has established himself as one of (if not the most) dominate closers in the game, Cubs are more set on finding the next Chapman in Hector Rondon or Carl Edwards Jr.
Chapman has played in the majors for seven years and has played for, the Reds, the Yankees, and of course the reining World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs. He has an ERA of 2.08, 182 career saves, and a fastball that is so fast that Statcast created a tool called the ‘Chapman Filter‘ because he takes up most of the leaderboard.
Along with the Giants, Chapman could be in the center of a major bidding with the Dodgers, Yankees, and Cubs. This may make that massive sum of $100 million Chapman is asking for, a little less obsurd. However, he may be less desirable considering he recieved a 30 game suspension early in the 2016 season for domestic violence.
So will Chapman be wearing a Cubs jersey in 2017, or will he be wearing the jersey of his fourth different team in eight years.