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MLB Rumors: Aroldis Chapman, Pirates Conform to 1-12 months, $10.5M Contract Amid Mets Buzz

Adam Wells January 23, 2024 Christian Petersen/Getty Images Fresh off helping the Texas Rangers win the 2023 World Series, Aroldis Chapman is reportedly going to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates next season. Per Robert Murray of FanSided, the seven-time All-Star agreed to a deal with the Pirates. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted it was

MLB Rumors: Aroldis Chapman, Pirates Conform to 1-12 months, $10.5M Contract Amid Mets Buzz

Adam WellsJanuary 23, 2024

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 01: Aroldis Chapman #45 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Five of the World Series at Chase Field on November 01, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Contemporary off serving to the Texas Rangers win the 2023 World Sequence, Aroldis Chapman is reportedly going to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates subsequent season.

Per Robert Murray of FanSided, the seven-time All-Star agreed to a cope with the Pirates. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic famous it was a one-year, $10.5 million contract.

This comes after Andy Martino of SNY reported the New York Mets had been within the bullpen pitcher.

Chapman signed pretty late final offseason when he received a one-year deal from the Kansas Metropolis Royals price $3.8 million plus incentives. The left-hander was searching for a rebound 12 months after posting a career-worst 4.46 ERA with the New York Yankees in 2022.

The Yankees additionally left Chapman off their playoff roster for lacking a exercise earlier than the American League Division Sequence.

Chapman did look higher within the first half of the season in Kansas Metropolis. He had a 2.45 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 29.1 innings over 31 appearances.

The Royals shortly fell out of playoff competition, main the bullpen-needy Rangers to amass him on June 30. His efficiency fell off after the cope with a 3.72 ERA, 21 hits allowed and 16 walks in 29 innings with Texas.

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Rangers supervisor Bruce Bochy did flip to Chapman in a number of key spots in the course of the playoffs. The 35-year-old usually walked a harmful tightrope, permitting seven hits and 5 walks in eight innings, however managed to flee largely unscathed with simply two runs given up.

At this stage of his profession, Chapman should not be counted on because the lights-out nearer from his peak seasons. His velocity is still among the very best in Main League Baseball, however he usually has no thought the place the ball goes when it leaves his hand.

Chapman has averaged 6.1 walks per 9 innings in 165 appearances over the previous three seasons. The one reliever with a higher walk rate throughout that span is Amir Garrett (6.2).

However being a lefty who can nonetheless contact 100 mph makes Chapman precious in any bullpen. If he can regain some semblance of the management he had previous to 2021, this may very well be a cut price deal for the Pirates

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