Former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman will sign with the Yankees for $86 million: Reports

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – After winning the World Series with the Cubs, the team’s closer seemed very open to moving back to the team which he started with in 2016.

In fact, Aroldis Chapman made it pretty clear he would when he said shortly after the Fall Classic that he “would love to be a Yankee again.”

Early Thursday morning, the closer got his wish and along with a lot of money.

According to a number of reports, Chapman is set to sign a 5-year, $86 million contract with the New York Yankees.

The team has yet to confirm the deal.

This signing completes a giant circle for Chapman who began 2016 in New York. He appeared in 31 games and saved 20 games with an ERA of 2.01, blowing just one save in the process.

With the Yankees out of contention and in hopes of plucking a prospect from a rich Cubs’ farm system. Indeed the did that, sending the North Siders the closer they needed in exchange for shortstop Gleyber Torres, outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford along with pitcher Adam Warren.

Chapman proved to be an effective closer in the regular season as well as the playoffs. In 28 appearances for the Cubs he had 16 saves with a 1.01 ERA, blowing just two saves in just over two regular season months. In the playoffs Chapman was used often, coming into 13 of the team’s 17 games en route to a World Series championship.

He saved four games in the playoffs but also had three blown saves and an ERA of 3.45. He struck out 21 batters in his 15 2/3 innings of work in the postseason.

Since making his debut with the Reds in 2010, Chapman has 186 regular season and playoff saves with a career ERA of 2.08.