Cubs reportedly not interested in signing Aroldis Chapman to a long-term contract
When the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees for Gleyber Torres, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford on July 25 it was for one reason only, to help the team win The World Series. Chapman did what the front office brought him in to do and he hit the free agent market after the Cubs won The Series.
It was believed at the time the Cubs traded for Chapman that the front office viewed him as a rental and would not pursue a long-term deal with him.
And nothing has changed five months later according to a report Monday from Jesse Rogers.
Rogers reported, “Not hearing anything has changed since the day the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman, there’s no momentum towards a long-term deal.”
The Yankees are reportedly the frontrunner in the Aroldis Chapman derby. Chapman will likely sign a record breaking contract in the five-year, $90 million range. Some in the industry think he could even touch $100 million.
The Marlins and Dodgers are two other teams very interested in signing Chapman according to multiple outlets.
Based on reports, Chapman and Kenley Jansen could be losing a possible destination very soon. The Giants are on the verge of signing Mark Melancon.
Aroldis Chapman will sign for huge money. If the Cubs spend big on a free agent closer, Kenley Jansen appears to be at the top of their list based on the reports.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said publicly the front office did its free agent spending a year ago. Epstein and Hoyer do not have a history of spending big on closers and there is no reason to think that will change any time soon.