Off the Record (OTR)

Yanks sign Chapman…why?

Another baseball signing that I don’t get. Last offseason, I was baffled by the huge deal the Chicago Cubs gave Jason Heyward, and it turns out I was right, although they did with the World Series, so for right now, who cares? Then I was confused by the recent deal the Colorado Rockies gave to Ian Desmond.

Now? The New York Yankees have signed Aroldis Chapman to a five-year deal?

“BREAKING: Chapman to #Yankees, five years, $86M,” tweets Ken Rosenthal.


The Yankees finished nine games out of first place in the AL East and five games out of the Wild Card. That’s with aging players like A-Rod, whom they told to go home. Mark Teixeira is old and breaking down. C.C. Sabathia has how many years left? Why in the hell does this team need a pricey closer?

It’s not that they can’t turn things around and utilize Chapman to finish games, but a closer to me is a finishing piece for a team. Go get everything else first. Closers are the easiest high-end piece to add via trade or free agency. Why do this now?

I don’t get it.

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