Aroldis Chapman will leave the Bronx for the Midwest. The left-handed relief pitcher agreed to terms of a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, a move first reported by MLB.com.
Chapman joined the Yankees in 2016 after signing a five-year, $86 million contract. The deal represented a relief pitcher’s contract at the time.
After Chapman’s performance in 2019, the team extended the pitcher for another year, resulting in another $18 million.
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Chapman has been named an MLB All-Star seven times throughout his career, but he struggled a lot last season. He posted a 4-4 record with nine saves, a 4.46 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 43 relief appearances.
The 34-year-old missed a mandatory team workout before the Yankees began the American League Division Series and was left off the team’s roster as a result.
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«It was surprising at first [that he missed the workout]A bit of a shock, but after the shock wears off when you add it all up, it’s not surprising,» Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said at the time.
«There’s some question as to whether or not he’s been fully committed for a while. He’s verbally maintained that he’s involved, but sometimes, actions don’t match those words.»
Chapman went on the disabled list in May 2022 due to Achilles tendonitis and ultimately lost his role as a closer.
In his seven seasons in New York, Chapman posted a 24-14 record with 153 saves and a 2.94 ERA.
The Royals bullpen posted a 4.66 ERA last season, fourth-worst in the MLB.
For his career, Chapman owns a 44-35 record with 315 saves and a 2.48 ERA in 667 career relief appearances.
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Chapman has also spent time with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs.