As was pointed out to me on another forum, the Yankees are essentially paying Chapman the 2016 qualifying offer every year. So a way to look at this deal
Why is it such a high priority?
A closer has little value if his team doesn't have the lead going into the 8th/9th innings. The Yankees had
You know what blocks youngsters? Shi*ty overpaid veterans clogging your roster. God damn I hate this signing, and the opt outs/NTCs make it even worse.
Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1 2m2 minutes ago Arlington, VA
#Yankees targeted DH/closer because felt was way to upgrade without blocking youngsters,
The 2019 Yankees
C. Gary Sanchez
1B. Greg Bird
2B. Gleyber Torres
3B. Nolan Arenado (signed as FA in 18)
SS. Manny Machado
I think the last scenario is the most likely. Is there any doubt that Girardi will keep shoehorning him into the DH at the expense of younger players?