By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
Just a few weeks ago, just hours after the end of the 2022 MLB World Series, we reported on our website that the New York Mets organization had agreed with Puerto Rican star closer Edwin Díaz for five years and $102 million, a record amount that he smashed the previous mark for a reliever held by Cuban Aroldis Chapman, who received 86 million from the New York Yankees, in 2015, for the same number of seasons.
According to the website SpotRac.comveteran Kenley Jansen is the highest valued reliever currently available in Free Agency, with an estimated market value of just over 13.8 million per season, while Taylor Rogers with 13.1 million closes on the former closer’s heels. Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.
Precisely, the outstanding Cuban left-handed pitcher is one of the relievers that make up the list of free agents this offseason, facing the upcoming MLB 2023 contest, after concluding his contract with the Bronx franchise at the end of the season.
In third place, the aforementioned source places David Robertson, valued at almost 9 million dollars per campaign, while Seth Lugo could be negotiating contracts that are around 7.3 million.
Clearly, this does not mean that these pitchers are going to sign an agreement with any Major League organization, whether for one year or multi-year, but rather that, in the event of receiving offers, these should be around the values mentioned for each season of the alleged agreement. .
In the case of Chapman, the Cuban has a market value of almost 6.7 million dollars per season, exactly 6,654,567 dollars, according to SpotRac, in the fifth echelon of available relievers, surpassing the last Dodgers closer in Big Tent right-hander Craig Kimbrel, valued at about $6.2 million.
Other names like Corey Knebel (5.2 million), Adam Ottavino (4.9 million) and Matt Moore (3.4 million), appear among the relievers who could reach multi-million dollar offers this offseason.
Returning to Chapman, the Cuban pitcher signed a contract for six years and 30.25 million dollars with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016, but he got out of it in 2014, to agree again with the same team for 7.8 million.
In 2015, he was part of a multiple trade that led them to the New York Yankees, an organization with which he signed for one season and $11.325 million in 2016, avoiding salary arbitration.
Then, in 2016, Chapman was traded to the Chicago Cubs, a team with which he was crowned World Series Champion that season, in a move that included the arrival of Venezuelan Gleyber Torres in the Bronx.
After returning to New York at the end of 2016, the Cuban signed for five years and 86 million dollars with the franchise that plays in the East Division of the National League, a contract that was, at the time, a record for a relief pitcher in the Majors, until the Puerto Rican Edwin Díaz broke it, as already mentioned.
In 2019, Chapman exercised his right to get out of the contract with the Yankees and they offered him a 48 million contract for three more seasons, which the player accepted.
At the end of this 2022 campaign, the last agreement between the reliever and the organization concluded, leaving him in free agency and with a very remote chance of returning to the Bronx, due to the existing differences.
Chapman, 34, has played 13 seasons in the Majors, in which he accumulates a 44-35 record with 315 saves in 667 boxing appearances, all as relievers. His ERA is 2.48 and his WHIP is 1.07, with 1045 strikeouts in 640.0 innings pitched. Opponents hit him for .164
In the most recent season, the Cuban won four games and lost as many with nine saves, a 4.45 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, 43 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched and a .188 batting average, all in 43 games pitched.