Aroldis Chapman Signing Is The First Step In Yankees Reload
Brian Cashman is handling the offseason like he should. If the brass can somehow pull off a few more trades, than I would really like the projections for future years.
Aroldis Chapman inked a 5 year deal worth $86 MIL (or exactly 5 times the what the Qualifying Offer was this year.) New York didn’t have to pay the Cubs any compensation for the signing since he was traded to Chicago by these very Yankees at the Trade Deadline.
The whole concept of trading players though the year, only to re-ink them after those said seasons, is a practice that MLB clubs have not done in the past.
This is a common maneuver for NHL teams over the last 15 – 20 years, and we may it see it happen a whole lot more in future campaigns.
Not only do the Yankees get their man, but they also are armed with all of the prospects they acquired from the July trade. (Rashad Crawford (minors), Billy McKinney (minors), Gleyber Torres (minors) and Adam Warren. )
Warren is probably headed back to the Bullpen permanently again in 2017, however he can still grant you a spot start for the rotation.
It is still a waiting game for New York in the upcoming year. They will wait for the contracts of CC Sabathia – $25 MIL, and Alex Rodriguez will also earn $21 MIL to stay at home. The Roster has answers to start the year if they wish.
Aaron Hicks will be given a chance for some more AB. Tyler Austin/Greg Bird and Aaron Judge will be given a shot to earn more playing time between the 1B/RF and occasional DH start to relieve Matt Holliday.
Perhaps the club could sign a Veteran Starting Pitcher to help, but that also may not happen.
New York could actually fall underneath the Luxury Tax Threshold and then reset for the 2017 year. If they play well enough, there is still $16 MIL of salary left the club could spend. Why not close the book on signing anyone else?
If the club hits on all cylinders. the franchise could also add some significant pieces at the Trade Deadline to make a run at a playoff spot.
Masahiro Tanaka would have to be as good as he was in 2016 – and a guy like Michael Pineda would have to step up into a #2 Starter. I have no doubt the Bullpen will be dominant with Chapman, Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren.
Whatever the case, the Bronx Bombers wanted to make sure that any lead they do take is almost cemented into a victory, and Chapman provides this.
By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
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Posted on December 10, 2016, in Free Agency and tagged aaron hicks, aaron judge, adam warren, AL East, alex rodriguez, aroldis chapman, billy mckinney, brian cashman, Bryan Mitchell, cc sabathia, Chad Green, chase headley, chicago cubs, dellin betances, didi gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, la dodgers, Luis Cessa, luis severino, masahiro tanaka, matt holliday, michael pineda, Rashad Crawford, rich hill, starlin castro, tyler austin, tyler clippard. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.