The FL lawsuit v. Hendricks/Fernandez says Yankees made “offer to Chapman valued at more than $54 million” Chap signed 6yr/$30.25 mil w Reds
At the time that Aroldis Chapman signed with the Reds it was puzzling that the Yankees did not play a bigger role in trying to land him as they were all over Orlando Hernandez and Jose Contreras back in the day and seemed to have made little effort to land Chapman. But that does not appear to have been the case at all.
Behind the scenes the Yankees made a $54 million offer. That is a lot for an untested arm of his age and should have been enough to land him. Chapman essentially walked away from $24 million to sign with Cincinnati.
The lawsuit is not related to the Yankees, but this still has the makings of a bigger story. Chapman’s entire move to America and the big leagues was a little odd and there were some dealings with his agent that didn’t seem exactly on the up and up. This news only raises more questions too. Hopefully more will come out.
More than anything though, it is good to see that the Yankees made such a strong push and were not turned off from signing players like this thanks to Kei Igawa.