REPORT: Aroldis Chapman signs with Kansas City Royals

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Former New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, Mark Feinsand reports. The deal is worth a reported $3.75 million plus performance bonuses pending a physical.

Chapman, who will turn 35 years old on February 28, was a member of the Yankees for the last seven seasons, including a brief stint as a Chicago Cub in 2016. Chapman made 315 appearances with the Bombers and compiled 153 saves while averaging 13.9 K/9.

The hard-throwing lefty is seven-time All-Star (four as a Red, three as a Yankee) and owns a career ERA of 2.48 with 1,045 strikeouts over 640 innings in the big leagues.

After struggling through much of the 2022 regular season, Chapman was left off the Yankees playoff roster after failing to report to a mandatory postseason workout leading up to the ALDS.

The Cuban native will now join a Royals team still very much in rebuilding mode after a 65-win season that saw Kansas City finish 27 games out of first place in the AL Central.