The CBA negotiations have significantly stalled the free agent and trade market. However, the Yankees have revealed that they are frontrunners for closer Aroldis Chapman.
They just won’t sign him for $100 Million.
Other than the Brian McCann trade, the Yankees have been extremely quiet this offseason, mainly because all general managers are left without a concrete number on how much they could spend without going over the luxury tax. And according to George King of the New York Post, the luxury tax could rise from $189 Million to $200 Million, which would benefit the Yankees.
“There have been reports the tax threshold could rise to $200 million from the current $189 million. That could help the Yankees, who gained financial flexibility by dealing Brian McCann (and $11 million) to the Astros,” King wrote.
“If a new CBA is adopted, expect the Yankees to be the front-runner to land Chapman and bring the aspirin-throwing lefty closer back to The Bronx, unless he really is looking for five years and $100 million. They have an interest in free-agent designated-hitter/first-baseman Edwin Encarnacion, but not at five years.”
The Yankees and Chapman have made it clear there is interest in one another. However, Chapman’s love for the Yankees all comes back to how much money the Yankees will offer him. It’s understandable that Chapman is in his prime, but the team doesn’t see the need to give a closer, who will only pitch an inning at most, a $100 million contract.
If the team didn’t give Mariano Rivera a $100 Million contract–and Rivera was well deserving of a contract in that range for being the best closer in the universe–it doesn’t seem likely any team will give Chapman the $100 Million.
Now, five-years $80 Million…that could be another story.