Aroldis Chapman To Opt Out Of Yankees Deal Unless Extended

By , WFAN Sports Radio 66AM & 101.9 FM New York

Aroldis Chapman wants to remain a Yankee, but he also wants a new contract.

The Yankees closer has player options for the final two years and $30 million on his current deal. WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Friday that Chapman prefers to remain with the team and will pursue a contract extension. If a deal cannot be worked out quickly, Chapman would opt out of his contract and become a free agent, Heyman reported.

Chapman, 31, enjoyed another dominant season in 2019, registering 37 saves and a 2.21 ERA. He was selected to his sixth All-Star Game.

His season, however, ended on a sour note, as he surrendered the two-run homer to Houston's Jose Altuve in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series that ended the Yankees' season. 

In December 2016, the Yankees signed Chapman to a five-year, $86 million contract, the largest deal ever given to a relief pitcher.

As Heyman noted, if Chapman opts out of his deal, the Yankees would then make him a $17.8 million qualifying offer, but he likely would decline that. If he signed elsewhere, the Yankees would then receive a high draft pick as compensation.

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