Chapman heading back to Yanks
national harbor, md.» A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees reached agreement on an $86 million, five-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the contract was still pending a physical.
Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July. The hard-throwing lefty helped the Cubs win the World Series and became a free agent when it was over. Fox Sports first reported the agreement. Meanwhile, Chapman’s former team already had repaced him earlier in the day by trading for all-star reliever Wade Davis.
To get a closer who has been dominant for the last three years, the World Series champions sent outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City. Davis, who finished out the Royals’ win that clinched their 2015 title, moved right into the ninth-inning role Chapman held at Wrigley Field.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon avoided any assessment of who was best. “They’re just different kind of pitchers,” he said.
But the opinions weren’t so blurred after the NL East champion Nationals made their deal with the Chicago White Sox.
A day after missing out on White Sox ace Chris Sale, Washington traded top prospect Lucas Giolito, strong-armed Reynaldo Lopez and 2016 first-round draft pick Dane Dunning to get outfielder Adam Eaton.
Nats fans lit up Twitter, wondering why their team paid such a hefty price.
“We feel comfortable with the deal. We’ve done a lot of deals. I like win-win deals,” National general manager Mike Rizzo said.
Eaton, who turned 28 Tuesday, batted .284 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs, stealing 14 bases and hitting an AL-leading nine triples. He led baseball with 18 outfield assists.
In other deals, San Francisco traded pitcher Chris Heston to Seattle Mariners for a player to be named.
Outfielder Carlos Gomez agreed to an $11.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the Rangers.
The Marlins reached agreements with pitcher Jeff Locke and catcher A.J. Ellis.