Aroldis Chapman has found a new team.
On the 20th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, reported, “The Kansas City Royals have signed a one-year contract with Chapman.” There has been no official announcement yet, but the annual salary is known to be around $3.75 million. An option based on grades has been added here.
Chapman joined the Cincinnati Reds in 2010 as an international amateur free agent. He made his big league debut the same year, 바카라 and has since played for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. With a fastball with a maximum velocity of 106 mph and an average velocity of 100 mph, Chapman played an active role as a closer.
Chapman played an active role as the league’s top closer. He went 44-35 with 27 holds and 315 saves for a 2.48 earned run average in 667 career games.
However, it slowed down a bit last season. Struggling with injuries and sluggishness, Chapman recorded 4 wins, 4 losses, 1 hold, 9 saves and an ERA of 4.46 in 43 games. The decline in his restraint was also evident. He dropped to a career-low lap of 77.5 mph. According to the media, his strikeout rate was 26.9% and his swing strike rate was 12.7%, which was the worst record. The walk rate was also high at 17.5%.
Chapman was nowhere to be found when his grades dropped. However, Kansas City reached out, and Chapman moved on with his playing career. He earned $16 million last year with the Yankees, but his salary has been drastically cut to $3.75 million.