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Aroldis Chapman expected to opt out – MLB.com

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has a major decision looming this offseason, as he can opt out of the two years and $30 million remaining on his contract.
Writing for The Athletic on Wednesday, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported that a player close to Chapman predicted the left-hander was “one

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has a major decision looming this offseason, as he can opt out of the two years and $30 million remaining on his contract.

Writing for The Athletic on Wednesday, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported that a player close to Chapman predicted the left-hander was “one million percent” going to opt out of his deal.

That would be a risky move for Chapman, who made his sixth All-Star team earlier this month, as he would be eligible to receive a qualifying offer from the Yankees if he chooses to become a free agent.

Last offseason, veteran closer Craig Kimbrel rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox, which meant that other teams had to surrender draft-pick compensation to sign him. Kimbrel remained a free agent until after the 2019 MLB Draft, at which point the pick forfeiture was no longer a factor.

KImbrel ultimately signed with the Cubs for $43 million over three years (plus a $16 million club option for 2022) on June 7. Chapman is 31 — a year older than Kimbrel was when he hit the free-agent market last November.

Granted, the upcoming reliever market projects to be weaker this year than it was last offseason, when Kimbrel was joined by Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, Andrew Miller, David Robertson, Jeurys Familia and Joakim Soria, among others. This offseason, the most notable free-agent relievers might be Will Smith, Greg Holland and Dellin Betances, who has missed the entire season thus far with a right lat strain. That could influence Chapman’s decision, as well as Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen’s. The L.A. right-hander also can opt out this coming offseason with two years and $38 million left on his deal.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that Chapman could use the opt-out clause as leverage to get the Yankees to add additional years to his contract, as CC Sabathia did after the 2011 season. At that point, Sabathia had the ability to opt out of the remaining four years and $92 million on his deal. But before doing so, Sabathia signed an extension that added another year at $25 million to his deal, plus a $25 million vesting option with a $5 million buyout for 2017.

Similarly, Clayton Kershaw used his opt-out clause to land a new three-year, $93 million deal from the Dodgers last offseason. Before that, he had two years and $65 million left on his contract.

Besides Chapman and Jansen, a number of other marquee players can also opt out of their contracts this offseason, including Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (three years, $62.5 million remaining), Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (four years, $100 million), Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (three years, $43 million), Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta (one year, $20 million), Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish (four years, $81 million) and Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward (four years, $86 million).

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.


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