Late Night Baseball News: Yankees Land Chapman, Cubs Snag Wade Davis
By Peter Santo
Aroldis Chapman has had quite a year in 2016. It all began last offseason when the flame throwing lefty was traded to the New York Yankees from the Cincinnati Reds. Chapman was then suspended for the first 30 games of the regular season before pitching for the Yankees for a few months. Then he was traded to the Chicago Cubs where he helped them win a World Series for the first time in 108 years. Now, with the Cubs out of the market for his services, he’s headed back to New York on a five year, $86 million deal.
The contract shatters the record for a closer that was set by Mark Melancon when he signed with the San Francisco Giants just a few days ago. It’s not quite the big three of Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, and Chapman that the Yankees had at the start of last season, but having two of the three is still pretty great.
I can’t get over the contract however. We all saw how important relievers are in the postseason, so you knew someone was going to overpay for a closer, but this is insane. The Yankees are paying $86 million for a guy who pitched 58 innings last year, and 66 in 2015.
Meanwhile the Red Sox are paying $38 million for Chris Sale, who pitched 208 and 226 innings the past two seasons. It’s a ton of money for a guy who doesn’t see the field all that often.
Well with Chapman gone, you’re probably wondering who the Cubs will replace him with. And if you’re Theo Epstein, it only makes sense to go get one of the few guys who was better than Chapman in 2016. The Cubs traded fourth outfielder Jorge Soler to the Royals in exchange for closer Wade Davis.
This trade makes a lot of sense for both teams, the Royals have a lot of veteran players who will be free agents next offseason and will likely sign for big money, so they needed a guy under team control. Soler is signed through 2020 at just $3 million per year, a bargain considering his potential.
The Cubs meanwhile, they needed a closer, and they got a good one. Davis has been flat out filthy the past three seasons, posting a 1.00, 0.94, and 1.87 ERA respectively, while adding 47 saves in that span.
The Cubs are going to be the favorites to win the World Series again in 2017, and the trade for Davis only solidifies that status.