Aroldis Chapman has been enjoying a great 2019 campaign, as his 25 saves is currently tied for the American League lead.
However, if the Yankees want to keep their closer beyond this season, they may have to offer the 31-year-old a lucrative new deal.
Chapman is “one million percent” going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, according to a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
The closer has two years and $34.4 million left on the five-year, $86 million deal he signed back in 2017, both of which are player options.
Chapman, who will pitch at 32-years-old next season, was named to his sixth All-Star team this year after a strong first half.
He is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.118 WHIP in 36.2 innings in 2019, racking up 53 strikeouts with only 12 walks.
Chapman’s 25 saves is tied for second in all of MLB, trailing only San Diego’s Kirby Yates (30).
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