Yanks appear out on Chapman

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ESPN’s Buster Olney just provided an Aroldis Chapman update. Apparently, the Yankees are out. He gives no reason, but he says “concern in some quarters is that he is better suited for relief than as a starter.” That seems pretty vague, much like the talent evaluator who said A-Rod looked like an old man. I thought the Yankees might get in on Chapman to replace the departed Arodyz Vizcaino, but apparently the Yankees think he’s not worth the gamble, which according to Olney could get up around $20 million.

Thanks to commenter Mike Bk for alerting us.

Prospect Profile: Jesus Montero
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  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona


    No Miguel Angel Sano, No Cyclops Mateo, No Aroldis Chapman.

    Where’s my sword so I can commit hari-kiri.

    • AtlantaBrian

      You know, one time I confused seppuku with sudoku… it was pretty embarrassing.

  • A.D.

    20 mil goes a long way with Latin American bonuses if they didn’t like Chapman.

    • Mike bk

      that’s 6-8 Jesus Montero/Gary Sanchez’s

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        With the strong likelihood that a World Wide Draft maybe coming, the Yankees should flex their financial muscles as much as possible the next couple of years.

        • Mike bk

          i would agree with that. there is a 15 yr old CF i believe it is Vicmal DeLaCruz. saw video on him and while yank fans might not think the comparison of steve finley (swing) means he is any good, finley had a very good career in my book

      • Salty Buggah

        “6-8 Jesus Montero’s/Gary Sanchez’s”

        Just imagine a lineup full of Montero’s and Sanchez’s (assuming he’s as good as advertised)


        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Jestin Romtero is BETTER than advertised. Guaranteed*

          * Not an actual guarantee of financial compensation

        • Thomas

          Wow that a lot of catchers.

  • Jon in Residential Port Orange

    As Aaron Burr was quoted when he learned that Alexander Hamilton may have, for personal ethical reasons, intentionally wasted the first shot during their fateful duel:

    “Contemptible, if true.”

    • Thomas

      You can call us Aaron Burr by the way were dropping Hamiltons.

      • Jon in Residential Port Orange

        Nice, had to look that up, haven’t watched SNL for years.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Throw the snacks in the bag, then I’m ghost like Swayze.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Buster Olney says the Yanks are out of the Chapman sweepstakes? That means the press conference is scheduled for next week.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals


      I’m just scared of what will happen to him when he says he’s going to be Mo’s replacement, and then he gets tag teamed by Mo and Melvin…

    • AJ

      Lmao, god willing.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Word is Chapman looks like a first baseman out there.

  • AndrewYF

    Why are the Yankees suddenly deciding to become frugal? I hope this means a lot of high-end Latin American signings this July.

    • Lanny

      Maybe they dont think hes any good. Just because hes got hype doesnt mean their scouts like him.

  • Salty Buggah

    While it’s disappointing, I’m OK with this. The Yanks probably didn’t like what they saw from him and thought he’s not worth $20 mil.

    • Stryker

      if the yanks are indeed out on chapman, i’d say this is the most likely case.

      20 million is a lot of money to give to a guy who’s far from a finished project and believe if they were to put forth that much money it could easily be better spent elsewhere.

      • Lanny

        Let’s hope those scouts are right. Because high end left handed pitching prospects dont hit the open market like this.

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  • Steve H

    Has anyone seen mryankee?

    Check your local bridges.

  • Carl

    If he pans out to be great, we’ll get him as a FA anyway.

    • Bxbomber

      Exactly… No need to break the bank hoping these guys are worth it.

      • Lanny

        Whats breaking the bank? 20 mil for 4 yrs isnt breaking the bank. 90 for 5 is what he would get as a proven FA. I think id rather have him now in the system if you think hes a good starter long term.

        • pete

          but right now he’s a guy with a 100 mph fastball and pretty much nothing else. Why is that worth $20 million?

          • 28 next year

            yea, maybe the Yanks could hold a competition much like what they did in India where whoever throws the hardest gets signed by teh Yankees. The Yankees could find another 100mph thrower who might be even younger that they could develop.

            This comment isn’t entirely serious although a competition like that could unearth some talent.

          • TarHeelYankee

            Because he is Lefthanded, 21, and THROWS 100MPH…. Nexted question…lol

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            But again, he’s not getting 20M per year. He’s getting like 4M per year.

            4M annually doesn’t sound like much to gamble on his upside. It’s a gamble we took on Kei Igawa, and Chapman has a much, much, much better upside.

  • Jersey

    Chapman probably just didn’t show the proper deference to Melvin. Can’t have that kind of nonsense in the farm system.

    • Steve H

      If Chapman didn’ show deference to Melvin, Chapman would no longer exist. Melvin would just say his name and he’d vaporize.

      • jim p

        Melvin did much much worse. He made Chapman not-a-Yankee.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I have emailed Cash Money Trillionaire several times to explain to him that it is not fair to compare every other prospect to Melvin. If he keeps that up, they will never sign another prospect ever again.

      • Jersey

        But the question is, will they really need to?

        • JSquared


      • Thomas

        If he keeps that up, they will never sign another prospect ever again.

        I can only assume Cashman responded, “We don’t need any other prospects, just Melvin. Then, I can create the ultimate 2 man pitching staff of Melvin and Mo. Muuuuhaaaahaaaahaha”

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          He did, but then I explained to him that Melvin feels that it wouldn’t be very sporting of him if he pitches every inning of every game.

  • Lanny

    They obviously don’t think he’s a starter long term in the league.

    But then again these are the same scouts who pushed to sign Igawa and thought he was a starter. So be warned.

    • Thomas

      Maybe the Yankees scouts did like Chapman and then learning from the Igawa mistake, assumed Chapman would suck as well.

    • Chris

      Didn’t they fire the scout that recommended Igawa? Also, I doubt the same scouts cover both Cuba and Japan.

  • Reggie C.

    Yankees scouts must not be overly impressed. I think the last thing the scouts want to do is make a bigger-sized Igawan mistake.

    • Not the Rays

      Ir would be smaller. We paid 46 for Igawa (granted the posting fee isn’t luxury taxable but it’s still real money)

      • Chris

        Unless he get’s a major league deal, Chapman wouldn’t count towards the luxury tax either.

    • Accent Shallow

      If Chapman gets an MiL deal, it’s not a mistake. Even if he gets a major league deal, he’s gonna start in the minors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Is Kevin Towers on the payroll yet? Maybe Cash Money Trillionaire didn’t like his scouting report?

  • pete

    Big FB guys are awesome to have as prospects, but they are awesome as prospects because prospects don’t have $20 mil contracts already. There’s no reason to pay Chapman the kind of money he might get.

  • pc

    1.50 and an update from olney will get you a cup of coffee but not much more.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      …wtf do you get coffee for $1.50??

      • AJ

        I know right. Dunkin’s medium is 2$ now.

  • Charlie

    fuck. if this is true, and it probably is cause olney’s pretty reliable, i am disappointed

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist


    Anybody got any more of those cheese doodles back there?

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Frankie P at Fanhouse said that the top 5 hitters that will come out of the draft has Slade in it. Pretty impressive.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rayzayas Ray Fuego

    He’s another Daniel Cabrera

    He shall fall before Igawa’s CC’s greatness

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