BOSTON – Rather than opting out of his contract with two years remaining, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman signed an extension that will keep him in pinstripes through the 2022 season, several media outlets reported today.
Last night, we had speculated that Chapman might be a fit with the Red Sox but that was not the case.
Chapman was due to make $30 million over the next two seasons unless he exercised an opt-out clause in his contract, which he had until midnight Sunday to do. Instead, the added year is worth another $18 million, ESPN and the New York Post reported, citing sources.
In a tweet, Chapman said, “New York, I told you I wasn’t going anywhere!”
Previous reports indicated that while Chapman might exercise his opt-out clause, he wanted to remain with the Yankees.
Chapman, a six-time All-Star who entered the majors in 2010 with a fastball that topped 100 mph, has 273 saves in 10 seasons, six with Cincinnati and four with the Yankees, except for 28 games in 2016 when the Yankees traded him to the Chicago Cubs.
After the Cubs won the World Series that season, Chapman returned to the Yankees as a free agent before the 2017 season.
The left-hander is 33-26 with 2.23 ERA across 550 games. In 32 postseason games, Chapman is 2-3 with nine saves and a 2.45 ERA.
While with the Cubs, he blew a save in Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians, but picked up the victory as Chicago rallied to win 8-7.
This year, Chapman appeared in five postseason games as the Yankees advanced to the American League Championship Series. He took the loss in Game 7 of that series when he allowed a two-run homer to Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth in the Astros’ 6-4 win to clinch a World Series berth.
In Sports Biz News: The Boston Globe business staff reported this week that Draft Kings was the subject of serious takeover talks with the investment company Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. A deal could potentially help DraftKings go public or merge with another firm. The report noted insiders with knowledge of the situation, who asked to remain anonymous as they were not authorized to speak on either company’s behalf, confirmed the talks, which were first reported by Bloomberg. In all comments, it was stressed that a deal is not certain. DraftKings often receives interest from potential suitors, they said, and discussions could continue for weeks before a decision is reached.
Here Now, The Notes – In a SF State of Mind? … Forward Draymond Green is the latest member of the Golden State Warriors to be nursing an injury. … Green admitted that he sustained an injury to his left index finger during Friday night’s 127-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. … “I hurt my finger. Ligament action. But it is what it is. … I don’t know (about Saturday’s game against the visiting Charlotte Hornets); we’ll see,” said the 29-year-old Green, who was wearing a wrap over both his wrist and index finger. … “It’s pretty sore. I couldn’t grip the ball the whole entire (game), probably since the second quarter, which is why I was making a lot of one-handed, right-handed passes and dribbling left with my right hand,” he said. “I couldn’t really grip the ball, so we’ll see. Hopefully it will calm down a little bit overnight, but who knows?” … Green’s injury comes two days after two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry sustained a broken left hand after colliding with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes. Curry will be sidelined at least three months after undergoing surgery, the team announced Friday. … In the past seven games of consequence for the team, the Warriors have lost since-departed Kevin Durant (Achilles), Klay Thompson (left knee) and Curry (hand) to long-term injuries. … Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman agreed to a long-term contract extension, ESPN reported Friday. … Altman replaced David Griffin in 2017 with the Cavaliers making it to the NBA Finals in his first season on the job. Altman then was tasked with the challenge of reshaping the Cavaliers’ roster after LeBron James departed to the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. … Cleveland was just 19-63 last season, but has rebounded with home victories over the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers to post a 2-2 record in 2019-20. … The Cavaliers brought in former Michigan coach John Beilein as their head coach and have a pair of promising young guards in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Sexton was a second-team ALL-NBA rookie last season. … No terms of Altman’s extension were reported. His original deal with the Cavaliers was for three years. … Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is week-to-week after spraining his right ankle in Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. … The injury occurred in the first quarter of Indiana’s 118-108 road win. Turner finished with seven points and two rebounds. … The 2015 first-round pick and reigning NBA leader in blocked shots is averaging 14.8 points, 6.8 boards and 1.3 blocks in four starts this season.
Gridiron Grit: The Seattle Seahawks claimed wide receiver Josh Gordon off waivers on Friday. … Gordon was waived off injured reserve by the New England Patriots on Thursday. … Seattle hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week and then will spend some time evaluating Gordon. … “He’s a unique talent,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters. “Next week we’ll take a look and see what he looks like.” … Gordon, 28, has been dealing with two bone bruises in his left knee, and he last played for New England on Oct. 10 against the New York Giants. … Gordon had 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games this season. He played in 17 games for New England over the past two seasons and had 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four scores. … Overall, Gordon has 240 career catches for 4,113 yards and 20 touchdowns in 58 NFL games, the first 41 with the Cleveland Browns. He was an All-Pro after the 2013 season, when he led the league in receiving yards (1,646). … New England Patriots rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry has been activated off injured reserve, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. … The Patriots have yet to publicly announce the move for Harry, who began the season on injured reserve with an ailing ankle. … Harry, who was the 32nd overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, is eligible to make his debut for the Patriots (8-0) on Sunday (8:20 p.m. ET) against the host Baltimore Ravens (5-2). … The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Harry adds depth to a wide receiver roster that includes Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Julian Edelman, in-season trade acquisition Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett, among others. … Harry caught 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns in three seasons at Arizona State before leaving after his junior season.
Dust from the Diamond … The Miami Marlins declined the $16 million option on infielder Starlin Castro, paying a $1 million buyout. … The Kansas City Royals declined the $23 million option on outfielder Alex Gordon, activating a $4 million buyout. … The Cincinnati Reds picked up the $5.5 million option for 2020 on infielder Freddy Galvis. … The Texas Rangers declined 2020 club option on catcher Wellington Castillo ($8 million, via a $500,00 buyout). … The Atlanta Braves declined a mutual option for $7.5 million on outfielder Billy Hamilton, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
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