According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees are no longer interested in Aroldis Chapman. Olney also tweeted that he expects the cost to go up to $20 million and some are thinking Chapman is only a reliever.
Yesterday the big news was that Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel reported that Chapman expected to sign within three or four days.
It’s not uncommon for Cashman to work quietly, but it doesn’t seem like the Yankees were ever big on Chapman this offseason. The Yankees senior vice-president of baseball operations Mark Newman said that he’s “this winter’s most intriguing available player,” but that’s about as far as it went.
The question here is, are the Yankees one of the teams that view Chapman as a reliever. If that is the case it is very doubtful that they’ll end up signing him. If they think he has starter potential they could use Chapman to replenish their farm system after dealing Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves.
What do you think? Are the Yankees making a mistake not offering him a contract?