Royals sign Aroldis Chapman to one-year deal: Report

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Aroldis Chapman, whose Yankee tenure ended in frustration and an absence from team workouts, has signed a deal with the Royals, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Per Feinsand, the deal is for one year and $3.75 million, and includes performance bonuses.

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Chapman’s career has been in stark decline as his fastball has become more human and his control issues persisted. He was an All-Star for the seventh time in his career in 2021 after a historically dominant start to the season, but his year ended with a BB/9 of 6.1, and that number grew to 6.6 in 2022, when he pitched to a career-worst 4.46 ERA over 36.1 innings of work.

Chapman’s 2022 season also included a stint on the IL when he suffered an infection in his knee from a new tattoo, and upon returning, he was considered a borderline candidate at best to make the Yankees’ playoff roster. He then skipped a team workout shortly before the ALDS, and was told by the team to stay home.

That was the end of his Yankee career, which began in 2016 when he was acquired from the Reds for a small return due to domestic violence allegations against the lefty, leading to a 30-game suspension prior to the 2016 campaign, as he became the first player suspended under the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy.

Chapman was traded to the Cubs midseason that year in exchange for Gleyber Torres, won a World Series with Chicago, and signed back on with the Yanks the following offseason. Across seven seasons with New York, he pitched to a 2.94 ERA with 153 saves in 294.1 innings, and served up two crushing playoff home runs, including a walk-off to Jose Altuve that ended the 2019 ALCS, and an eventual game-winning home run to Michael Brosseau in the deciding fifth game of the 2020 ALDS.

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