Yankees fans rejoice! The Cuban Missile returns to the Bombers on a 5 year, 86 million dollar deal. The deal includes a no-trade clause for three years, and he cannot be sent to any California teams at all. There is also an opt-out after 3 years.
After missing one month due to his DV suspension, Aroldis Chapman pitched to a 2.01 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 31.1 IP. Chapman was then traded to Chicago at the trade deadline. Dellin Betances will slide back to the 8th inning, while Tyler Clippard or Adam Warren will get the 7th inning.
Chapman and Betances will pair back up to create 2/3rds of the three headed monster, as the duo will have at least 200 K’s combined in the upcoming season.
What does this mean for the bombers? By having two of the best relievers in baseball at the back end of the bullpen, this seemingly “shortens” the length of each game. This is how the Royals made it to the World Series in 2015 and helped them win it all in 2016. With a below average rotation, having the stronger bullpen will allow the starters to not have to go as deep into games.
Chapman relies heavy on triple-digit fastballs and a slider that averages at 87.6 MPH, so can people really expect him to still be throwing that hard when he is 34? Maybe, but when his velocity diminishes, his slider will get more movement and his fastball will have better control.
With Betances, Chapman, Clippard, Warren and presumably Luis Severino in the bullpen, the Yankees definitely have a chance to have the best bullpen in baseball in the upcoming season.
Expect the Yankees to make more moves now, as it was reported earlier today that they were waiting to see what happens with Chapman before they make any more moves.
Chapman said in a comment to Marly Rivera of ESPN after the signing was reported: “I love the (Yankees) organization. They welcomed me with open arms and that’s why I decided to go back, I was hoping I had a chance to go back and it happened. Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don’t it’s because they never got the chance.” Welcome back to the Bronx, Chapman!