New York Yankees Are Already in Touch with Aroldis Chapman

Javier Howell
November 10, 2016

Chapman was then even more dominant for the Cubs, becoming a key part of their route to the World Series.

While in pinstripes, Chapman recorded 20 saves and 44 strikeouts in 29 games, racking up a microscopic 2.01 ERA. The Yankees started last season with Chapman, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, but the rest of the roster wasn't strong enough.

With the roster and the lineup being mostly filled through the team's farm system and current veterans, the Yankees main area of focus this offseason will be pitching and adding to both the starting rotation and the bullpen.

Chapman missed the first 30 games of the 2016 season, serving a suspension brought about by his violation of MLB's domestic violence policy.

However, it's worth noting that Chapman said after being traded from the Yankees to the Cubs in July that he'd love to return to NY as a free agent.

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Betances excelled in the closer's role from August 1 through September 5, pitching to a 0.57 ERA while converting nine of 10 save opportunities in 14 outings. "It depends how the winter goes".

Chapman, 28, lasted just half a season in pinstripes before the suddenly youth-friendly Yankees shipped him away for four prospects, including top young shortstop Gleyber Torres. After the trades of both DMC's "M" and "C", Betances finished the year as the Yankees closer, arguably burning out his arm in vogue with numerous other bullpen pitchers for NY. It'll probably be wiser for them to spend their money on upgrading the rotation, with Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and C.C. Sabathia as the faces of that unit, without anyone established behind them.

"I'd rather have certainty", says Cashman.

With a less-than-desirable group of starters available in free agency, it seems likely that the Yankees would look to the trade market to add a starter if the right deal presents itself. "At the same time, this is a business and if I happened to be traded away, I'm pretty sure they're going to be doing it for the good of the team". "I've reached out to a number of them".

In July, Chapman expressed interest in a possible return to NY in free agency before getting shipped to Chicago, per Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media.