1. Aroldis Chapman
Again, please tell us the point of arming a bullpen full of expensive relievers when you can’t generate offense? Britton and Aroldis Chapman are useless if the Yankees aren’t scoring. And there’s no need to pay $30 million total for the two lefties if that continues for another month.
Chapman, right now, is the best closer in the game. He’s got a 0.39 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. He didn’t give up a run in his first 18 appearances of the season. He’s struck out 43 batters in 23 innings. He cannot be touched.
And that’s been great for the Yankees, but it’s not going to get them to a World Series if the defense continues to allow free baserunners and the offense continues to put up three runs or fewer per game. Overspending on relievers when your roster is underachieving is like purchasing a sweet new car without an engine. It’s a waste and won’t get you anywhere.
Once again, if the Yankees look to deviate from their current plans, that would mean they aren’t running it back in 2022, which means, again, there’s no use for Chapman. Save money, acquire more talent, add some new faces in the offseason in free agency/via trade, and begin the mini-rebuild. If the Yankees want Chapman back after 2022, great, they can sign him. But if they decide to conduct a partial teardown, you can kiss the 2022 season goodbye in regard to championship aspirations.
Fans wanted Chapman gone this past offseason after he blew Game 5 of the ALDS. Now the team can part with him before July 31 and acquire premium assets.