The Associated Press talked to Aroldis Chapman on Thursday, and although there are few surprises in the resulting article, a few things did stand out.
Here’s the description of Chapman during the interview: “…all blinged out… wearing a large, shiny watch and gleaming earrings.” His agent called him a “once-every-40-years player.” The article mentions figures between $15 million and $50 million. It’s hard to be shocked by such things these days, but Chapman is going to be really expensive. He might be worth it if that golden left arm finds the strike zone enough, but that’s going to be a high-dollar risk for some team.
The article also once again confirms that Chapman was at Yankee Stadium for Game 6 of the ALCS. It also quotes Chapman saying he doesn’t believe the major leagues will present any significant problems, but Chapman goes on to say, “If a team wants me to go to the minors to get ready and prepare, that’s what I’m going to do and I will show that I should be pitching in the major leagues.”
I can’t imagine the Yankees signing Chapman with plans to put him immediately into the big league rotation — that plan didn’t work so well with Kei Igawa — but for that sort of money, they’re going to expect him to advance to New York very quickly and be very good when he gets there.