The New York Yankees might have to add acquiring a new closer on their shopping list this offseason.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, a source close to current closer Aroldis Chapman stated there is a ‘1 million percent chance’ he opts out of his deal following the 2019 season. Chapman originally signed a five-year, $86 Million deal with the Bronx Bombers in 2017.
With Chapman likely to opt out, the Yankees now have two options: They can trade the 31-year-old before the July trade deadline, or extend a qualifying offer to him at the end of the season.
Chapman, who recently became a six-time All-Star for his stellar first half, is having a dominant season for the Yankees. In 39 games, he’s 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA, 29 saves and a 1.118 WHIP.