Here’s something for Miami Marlins fans to ponder. Per Marly Rivera of ESPN.com, who spoke to Aroldis Chapman about his contract negotiations. He told her he has not evaluated any offers yet and will do so this week.
"The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract. I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it,” Chapman said.
With those comments, the reliever who helped the Cubs win the World Series may have priced himself out of Chicago for the upcoming season.
According to ESPN.com, Chapman, who routinely throws over 100 mph and who tied his own record last season by throwing a pitch 105, doesn't think that one of those meetings will be with the Cubs.
"The Cubs have never expressed any interest in re-signing me, as far as I know," he said.
The Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs in July for a package of minor leaguers that featured shortstop Gleyber Torres. In 28 games after the trade, Chapman had a 1.01 ERA and 16 saves.
While it is known that Chapman is on Miami’s radar, would the team known as a small-money team pull the trigger on such a high-priced free agent and would Chapman come to south Florida to help redesign the bullpen?
The story also claims The Yankees are a team rumored to be interested in Chapman, but the Miami Marlins are also thought to want to make a run at a premier closer. The 28-year-old Chapman spent the first six years of his career with the Reds before being traded to the Yankees in December 2015.