ESPN The New York Yankees have reunited with left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million deal, the four-time All-Star told ESPN’s Marly Rivera. “I love the organization, they welcomed me with open arms, and that’s why I decided to go back,” Chapman told Rivera on Wednesday night after agreeing to the largest contract ever for a reliever. “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.”
Well that truly was a rental. The Yankees acquired Aroldis Chapman last offseason, then at the trade deadline the Yankees traded Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, and got severa nice prospects in return. On his way out of New York, Aroldis Chapman publicly stated that he would return, but he went to Chicago and helped the Cubs win a little thing known as the World Series. Now, just as Chapman promised, he’s back in New York on a five year deal worth $85 million. Chapman throws harder than anyone in baseball, he is a legitimate star, and while he is 28-years-old and may lose some of the speed off his fastball by age 33 he is a marketable athlete with a ring who is going to make the Yankees a lot of money in merchandising. $85 million is a lot to give a closer, but Chapman is a personality and a draw, especially now that he brings a Championship pedigree to the Bronx.