- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 212 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/28/1988 (31)
The New York Yankees and closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a restructured deal on Saturday that will keep the left-hander with the team through the 2022 season, according to sources. The 31-year-old could have opted out of the final two years of his deal, but instead the Yanks will add another year for $18 million to the end of the next two years, which were due to pay him $30 million. Chapman leads baseball with his strikeout rate of 14.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and he remains one of the most dominant closers in the game on a strong team. That makes him a high-end fantasy closer.
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman wants to stay with the team and will pursue a contract extension. However, if an extension isn't reached quickly, he will opt out of the $30 million and two years left on his contract. The Yankees will likely extend Chapman sooner than later. He's one of the best closers in baseball still, and the left-hander finished the 2019 season with a 2.21 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 37 saves and 85 strikeouts in 57 innings over his 60 appearances. The Cuban fireballer should have the opportunity to rack up a bunch of saves again for a strong Yankees club in 2020, making him a top-tier fantasy closer.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that closer Aroldis Chapman (hand) "is fine" after getting hit on the hand during the celebration after beating the Twins in the American League Division Series. Boone also said that reliever pitcher Zack Britton (ankle) could pitch on Wednesday if needed. The Yankees will have both lefties at the back end of their bullpen when they face either the Astros or Rays in the American League Championship Series. Chapman got the save in the series-clinching win over the Twins on Monday and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in his two outings in the three-game sweep.