A whirlwind of signings and trades took place over the past week during the MLB winter meetings, including the New York Yankees re-signing the hardest throwing closer in baseball in Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman’s five-year, $86 million contract is as impressive as it sounds, but becomes even more outrageous when you consider the stat that ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted out.
Yankees will pay Aroldis Chapman in the neighborhood of $300,000 per inning pitched, over next 5 years, based on past season averages.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 8, 2016
While $300,000 per inning is a steep price to pay, the Yankees already got the return on their investment through what was essentially a half season lease of Chapman to the Chicago Cubs during their championship run. Meanwhile, the Bronx Bombers stocked up their farm system with the Cubs’ prospects, which will likely pay dividends in the near future.
If the Yankees are the evil empire of baseball, then Brian Cashman is Darth Vader, Hal Steinbrenner is the Emperor and they have successfully lured both Chapman and the younglings in the Cubs’ farm system to the dark side of the Bronx.