Just came down about two hours ago on his Twitter account. The usually reliable ESPN reporter says that both the Yanks and Mets are both out on the Chapman sweepstakes. Here’s the original message in its entirety:
Sources: The Mets are not in on Aroldis Chapman – just as the Yankees are not in on Aroldis Chapman. One talent evaluator expects the bidding on Chapman to go to $20 million. Concern in some quarters that he is better suited for relief than as a starter.
I’m neither surprised or disappointed at the news. Since seeing him pitch in various international outings (which can be seen on YouTube) and reading reports on him from experts in Cuban Baseball, I came away very much agnostic on Mr Chapman. I detailed my reasons in a prior post from back on December 3rd. He’s clearly a project, one that may take years to become MLB ready, if ever. Further, as the talent evaluator in Olney’s Tweet said he very well may be better suited to be a reliever than starter, which is something that Aroldis has stated he has no interest in doing. There are also reports of him clashing with various coaches in Cuba, making you wonder about his coachability. I know fans will say ‘Its only money, and the Yanks have plenty’ but part of being a well run organization is having a plan and sticking to it. If he’s a disruptive force (as was reported in Cuba) then it can impact other prospects as well. Assuming this report is accurate, and Buster is one of the best when it comes to knowing what Brian Cashman is thinking, I have no problem with the Yanks sitting this one out.
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