Report: Yankees reach new deal with closer Aroldis Chapman


New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman smiles after the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox. (Julio Cortez/AP)

The New York Yankees reached a new deal with closer Aroldis Chapman on Saturday night, which will add a year to his current contract, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Chapman, 31, had an option to opt out of the final two years and $30 million of his contract and become a free agent. Instead, he re-worked his deal to include an extra year (worth $18 million) and is now locked in with the Yankees through 2022.

The six-time all-star — and 2016 World Series champion with the Chicago Cubs — was named American League Reliever of the Year after posting a 2.28 FIP and 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 2019. He is also sixth on the MLB’s active leaderboard for saves (273).

Chapman was on the mound when the Yankees’ season ended, as he allowed a walk-off home run to Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve in Game 6 of the ALCS.

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