The New York Yankees are looking to bolster their bullpen this winter after trading away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the Yankees are interested in signing Chapman back to the Bronx, as well as Kenley Jansen.
The Yankees traded Chapman to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for two top prospects, Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinnely, along with two other players. On the other hand, New York got top prospect Clint Frazier from the Cleveland Indians, as well as three other players.
The trades left the Yankees with just Dellin Betances anchoring the bullpen but he struggled in the closer role. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Brian Cashman is looking to sign Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen this offseason.
“Word is, the Yankees will target one of the two best free agent closers–ex-Yankee Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen–this winter, and also look to bolster their rotation, perhaps via the trade market,” Heyman noted.
The Yankees had a monster bullpen trio with Chapman, Miller and Betances to start the season but they decided to let the two left-handers go. Chapman is set to become a free agent at the end of the season while Miller was the most dominating relief pitcher the past two seasons and he will give a big return.
According to Joe Giglio of NJ.com, the Yankees might be willing to spend a lot of money since Mark Teixeira’s salary is coming off the books. They could offer Aroldis Chapman a record deal for a closer which is more than the four-year, $50 million deal the Philadelphia Phillies gave to Jonathan Papelbon in 2012.
On the other hand, Kenley Jansen will be a little bit chipper than Chapman but he is one of the top closers in the MLB with a cutter similar to Mariano Rivera. Nevertheless, these are just MLB rumors at the moment but expect that Yankees to make some splash in the free agent market this winter.
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