The Nationals Should Definitely Sign Aroldis Chapman!
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This is an absolutely pivotal year for the Washington Nationals. They have many of their players locked up for 1 – 2 more years, but an escalating payroll also has entered the fray, and now they are in deep trouble to re-sign Bryce Harper when he comes up for Free Agency in 2019.
Looking at the projected player payroll for the current roster – and this franchise sits at about $155 MIL in 2017. They have some maneuvers they could pull off to take the money down slightly.
I would start with trading Gio Gonzalez to free up $12 MIL. This guy is the #4 or #5 at best. Yes we have seen lesser pitchers like Andrew Cashner sign a deal for one year at $10 MIL with the Rangers, however that has more to do with the Texas depth.
By dealing Gonzalez. the Nationals still would have a rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark, Joe Ross and Lucas Giolito, with Reynaldo Lopez and A.J. Cole likely seeing some action first out of the “Taxi squad.”
Quite simply put, the Nationals are extremely talented with 2 pitchers that could win the Cy Young (Scherzer who won it in 2016 and Strasburg, who could have won it had they given out an award at the ALL – Star Break) and up to 3 players that would be listed among the top 15 NL MVP favorites (Harper, Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner), but they do possess a few holes with losing Wilson Ramos and Mar Melancon off the end of the year Roster.
I fully think they should shore up their Late Inning work by signing Aroldis Chapman to whatever he wants this winter.
Not only would signing the flamethrower solve a problem that has plagued them for several years with inconsistent closing. but it would also provide the team with a Closer that just won a World Series.
Considering that the team has Scherzer and Stasburg both through 2021, it would be great to tie in a 5 or 6 year pact for the LHP. Chapman is going to be the highest paid Reliever of ALL – Time this winter.
So the dollar totals should be expected to fetch in the $15 – $17 Million Dollar price range per campaign.
The landscape of the NL East should favor the Washington squad for the next 2 – 3 years as it sits. The Mets have had a plethora of pitching injuries and they have not shown a path to spending more money on Free Agent to supplement this by the offense.
Atlanta is a couple of years away from solid level of playoff competition. as they patchwork the Roster with many experienced Veterans to compete while the farm systems can replenish their talent level.
Miami had the horrible tragedy of losing Jose Fernandez late in the year – and this may result in setting back the franchise a couple of years of hanging around the playoff bar. An ace pitcher always gives you a chance to make runs at the postseason, and I think this loss will hurt the roster.
Giancarlo Stanton also can’t seem to play a full season either, and the Marlins will need him to play like an MVP to ever win a playoff spot. let alone nail down a postseason berth.
Philadelphia is showing signs of progress, but they have many young Starters who are unproven – and the position players have not shown the progression to challenge the Nationals in the Division.
I say this all because the Nationals should pummel the NL East for at least the next two years.
Chapman is the icing on the cake for a team that is poised to dominate the Division for 2017 and 2018, and also they need a guy who can mow down the best teams in the National League.
I am talking the Cubs/Dodgers and Giants, all whom have decent offenses to great. Chapman just doesn’t allow much contact, and his work in the 2016 playoffs exuded that.
Mark Melancon is a fine quality pitcher who has closed down games and pitched well for a guy who doesn’t throw among the higher velocities in the league for the role. I want a Closer for the playoffs that has extreme gas and could provide misses.
Aroldis Chapman has only surrendered 19 HRs in 377 IP, which equates to a mark of 0.5 HRs/Per 9 IP. Walks aside, this guy is also as hard as ever to even come up with a base hit either (4.1 Hits/Per 9 IP).
Washington was burned by Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon in the last couple of years blowing late inning leads, and they really need to have someone convert on a high percentage of opportunities. The playoffs are going to be even more of a chance.
If Bryce Harper gets back to ALL – Star form, then the Nationals offense should really challenge the Cubs for the best talent in the Senior Circuit.
The Yankees might be tough to fend off for his services, but Mike Rizzo should be prepared to spend more money than the Bronx Bombers and a year more. At least try to win that bid.
The Starting 5 can compete all day long with the top teams as well. Really the only spot to throw down some money is for a Bullpen arm. So who better to administer the task than Chapman?
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Posted on November 27, 2016, in Free Agency and tagged Andrew Cashner, aroldis chapman, ATL, Atlanta Braves, bryce harper, chicago cubs, cincinnati reds, daniel murphy, Daniel Murphy signing, danny espinosa, drew storen, dusty baker, giants, gio gonzalez, jayson werth, Joe Ross, jonathan papelbon, los angeles dodgers, miami marlins, Mike Rizzo, Nats park, new york mets, new york yankees, ny mets, philadelphia phillies, reynaldo lopez, Shawn Kelley, texas rangers, trea turner, washington nationals, Wasningotn Nationals Payroll in 2017, Wilson Ramos. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.