Aroldis Chapman isn’t making any demands, but he believes he knows what he deserves.
The free-agent reliever is high on the Yankees’ wish list as closers seem ready to cash in this offseason.
“I know that doesn’t mean that I will get it, but that’s what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that’s not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it.”
The Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs last season shortly before the deadline, and he helped the franchise get its first World Series in 108 years. But Chapman, who was suspended 30 games by MLB at the start of last season for a domestic violence incident, added to ESPN that “the Cubs have never expressed any interest in re-signing me, as far as I know.”
Chapman’s comments came shortly after Mark Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants. Chapman, 28, and Kenley Jansen, 29, are expected to receive larger contracts than the 31-year-old Melancon, with the Marlins also heavily interested in both relievers.