Aroldis Chapman has let it be know that he wants a six-year contract this offseason. The Cuban flamethrower and newly-minted World Series champion has garnered interest on the free agent market, but not from the team he finished the 2016 season with. The Chicago Cubs have shown zero interest in bringing back the lefty closer.
Chapman is obviously a controversial figure, given his domestic violence suspension during the 2016 season. But the Cubs believed in him enough to part with several top prospects in order to secure his services from the Yankees in June.
In 2016 Chapman posted a 1.55 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 90 strikeouts against just 18 walks in 58 innings. He also had 36 saves in 39 chances.
After joining the Cubs, Chapman threw 26.2 regular season innings, secured 16 saves in 18 chances and posted a 1.01 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. His ERA ballooned to 3.45 in the postseason as he blew three of his seven save opportunities.
Chapman and Kenley Jansen are the top free agent closers available and both are sure to land massive contracts. The 28-year-old Chapman may actually wait for Jansen to sign to gauge what kind of deal he should be asking for.