Royals sign veteran reliever eroldis chapman A $3.75 million, one-year contract Friday, a week after agreeing to terms with the seven-time All-Star, who is coming off a lackluster season with the New York Yankees.
Chapman was once known to consistently throw fastballs over 100 miles per hour to Wobegone hitters. But the left-hander, who will turn 35 on Opening Day, was 4-4 with a 4.46 ERA. Final Season with the Yankeeswho eventually cut him off their AL Division Series roster when his actions raised questions about his dedication to the team.
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Chapman spent time on the injured list with Achilles tendinitis in May, then lost the closer job to Clay Holmes. he was in il again August for a foot infection After a tattoo, then missed a mandatory team workout for the playoffs.
the royals are gambling that he could help who was an oWorst Bullpens in Baseball Last Season, Relievers had a 4.66 ERA, fourth worst in the majors, and did little to upgrade this offseason until the team recently traded injured shortstop Adalberto Mondesi and outfielder Michael A. Taylor for a trio of pitching prospects. did.
Chapman was an All-Star as recently as two years ago. He is 44–35 with a 2.48 ERA and 315 saves in 13 seasons.