Yankees and Aroldis Chapman Agree to Contract Extension


Aroldis Chapman will remain with the Yankees.

Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the New York Yankees and the 31-year-old closer agreed to a contract extension that will keep the hard-throwing left-hander in pinstripes through 2022.

Chapman reportedly planned to opt out of the remaining two years, $30 million on his contract if an extension could not be worked out, but his preference was to stay in New York. The two sides ultimately agreed to add another year and $18 million to his deal, bringing his contract to three years, $48 million.

Chapman is coming off a 2019 season in which he recorded 37 saves and struck out 85 hitters in 57 innings with a 2.21 ERA, and was name the American League Reliever of the Year.

However, he was the losing pitcher in Game 6 of the ALCS when he allowed a walk-off two-run home run to Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, which eliminated the Bombers from the postseason.

Chapman, who has been an All-Star in six of the last eight seasons, burst onto the scene with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010 with a fastball topping out around 105-106 mph. His velocity has since dipped in recent years, but he still occasionally hits triple digits and has also developed a slider.

The Yankees originally traded for Chapman before the 2016 season for low-level minor league prospects. The southpaw’s debut in the Bronx was delayed after he served a domestic violence suspension to start the 2016 season.

He was later traded to the Chicago Cubs that summer in exchange for Gleyber Torres, but the Yankees re-signed Chapman after the 2016 season to a five-year, $86 million deal.

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