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Chapman To The Yanks Means ‘New York’ is In It To Win It For 2016

Aroldis Chapman is the most dominant Left Handed Reliever in the game right now - and is heading to the Bronx with the 2 other top Strikeout Ratio artists in Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.  The Yankees will be able to hold down plenty of leads.  But this deal means more than just the player coming to New York.  It is the first time we have seen the brass step up to say we are going to win this thing in 2016.  Look for subsequent moves to be made now that this is the mindset.

Aroldis Chapman is the most dominant Left Handed Reliever in the game right now – and is heading to the Bronx with the 2 other top Strikeout Ratio artists in Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. The Yankees will be able to hold down plenty of leads. But this deal means more than just the player coming to New York. It is the first time we have seen the brass step up to say we are going to win this thing in 2016. Look for subsequent moves to be made now that this is the mindset.  Chapman has 1 Year of Arbitration left before hitting the open market next winter).

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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We have given Brian Cashman a lot of flak about how he has run the Yankees in the last half dozen year or so.  While I like the Aaron Hicks and Starlin Castro deals, this is the first deal where I felt the Pinstripers were serious about winning again.

Read about the deal for Chapman from MLB Trade Rumors

Everyone will be proclaiming them the best 1/2/3 knockout punch in late inning relief in the entire Majors.  You will also hear a ton of things about Strikeout Rates – and historical Bullpens.

You will also hear a lot about player integrity and character.  Since when do the Bronx Bombers ever care about whether a guy has some off field issues?

What I took out of yesterday’s deal is that the brass has given the green light to play ball in 2016.

With a payroll reaching $220 MIL now (easily payable with a team that makes as much as the Yankees), who cares if the team spends another $25 – $30 MIL after the Chapman deal?

With the Chapman trade now completed, the Yankees have now upgraded their 2nd Base Position and OF with back up players and Minor Leaguer's only being dealt out.  This team has its best prospects all intact still with the organization.

With the Chapman trade now completed, the Yankees have now upgraded their Closer, 2nd Base Position and OF with back up players and Minor Leaguer’s only being dealt out back in return. This team has its best prospects all intact still with the organization.  If they are to sign another 1 –  2 Free Agent Starting Pitchers, they could very well put themselves back in the contenders for the AL Pennant next year.

When they were near the Luxury Tax Threshold, you could always say they are a move or 2 from getting under the mark, and a potential season that goes awry could be salvaged with a Luxury Tax reset.

At this point, you are not going to hit that button at all.

If you were a Yankees fan, you are almost hoping the guy is tagged for at least a 35 day suspension, so that he can not qualify for Free Agency after the year is up.  Another year of Chapman is worth a 5 week penalty to start the year,

The MLB will likely give him between a 10 – 25 game suspension – and that last point will be moot, except just like the year long Alex Rodriguez ban, the club will receive some cap relief from it.

2016 represents the last year of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the MLB and the MLBPA.  I am sure that the new pact may include new rules on how suspended players will still count as dollars towards team payroll caps.

Among the other contract stipulations will be the Luxury Tax Threshold.  The Yankees have been in 50% penalty land forever with the tax, and will pay 50% on the dollar for each Greenback paid over $189 MIL.  As of this article, that would cost around $15 MIL already next campaign.

It sure will make the AL East that much more exciting in 2016.  You have the Bullpen mixed in with a bunch of aging superstar Yanks, the electrifying offensive power club with Toronto, the Starting Pitching prowess of the Tampa Bay Rays, the International and Free Agent frenzied Boston Red Sox, and then the stand your ground Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore really needs to re-sign Chris Davis and then sign a quality Starter to replace Wei-Yin Chen, or I believe it will be a bottom feeding season in 2016 for the O’s.

The Yankees would never have been able to land Chapman if his contract weren’t up after 2016.  You add in the domestic dispute, where other clubs like Washington and Los Angeles were sent running away, and it caused for a perfect storm for New York to land the guy.

No doubt the Yankees will extend Chapman a Qualifying Offer in 2016 (which may exceed $16 MIL) if he does end up hitting the Free Agency market with service time if the pending suspension isn’t longer than 34 days).  For this, they would also net a compensatory pick back for him if he signs with another club. 

I wrote an article with guys in their last year of team control last week.  I believe almost any one of them could be destined for the Bronx this season.

The Yankees have helped their current starters like Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabatha all by shortening the amount of innings they each have to chuck next year.  Having said this, they still need to upgrade their Rotation in my view.  Don't be surprised to see the club do this very thing between now and the MLB Trade Deadline next year.  With the uncertainty of payrolls and Luxury Tax Limits, New York may as well take advantage of the system for one more upcoming season.

The Yankees have helped their current starters like Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabatha all by shortening the amount of innings they each have to chuck next year. Having said this, they still need to upgrade their Rotation in my view. Don’t be surprised to see the club do this very thing between now and the MLB Trade Deadline next year. With the uncertainty of payrolls and Luxury Tax Limits, New York may as well take advantage of the system for one more upcoming season.

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