Aroldis Chapman has been suspended for 30 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, this after he was involved in an alleged incident in October. Chapman, who saved 33+ games for the Reds in each of the last four seasons, was traded to the Yankees in December. He will be docked 30 days of pay – roughly $1,856,557 of his $11,325,000 annual salary.
Oddly enough, Chapman’s suspension may actually help the Yankees in the long run.
“It will just be a 30-day pause button before they bring him into the lineup,” CBS-NY’s Steve Overmyer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “If all goes well by the Yankees’ standards, they’re hoping that Aroldis Chapman is going to be a stronger Aroldis Chapman at the end of the season.”
Indeed, hard-throwing closers sometimes wear down by the end of the season. Perhaps this suspension with allow Chapman – the flamethrower of all flamethrowers – to be fresh once the postseason arrives.
“You get a guy that throws triple digits, you get a strikeout guy,” Overmyer said. “A strikeout guy means that that the ball is not in play. That means that there is no chance that there’s going to be an error on that play or a bad judgment or a throw that goes awry or a ball that sneaks through. You have a strikeout guy. Those are the most coveted guys. The Yankees got the guy they wanted.”
The Yankees went 87-75 last season and made the Wild Card, ultimately losing to the Houston Astros 3-0 in a one-game playoff.