Is Aroldis Chapman the best free agent ?

Agent: Chapman impressed after Red Sox visit

chapmanAroldis Chapman is going to be the most sought after pitcher in baseball.  The 21 year old lefty  throws 100 mph and had a plus slider to match.  He is easily the best free agent on the market and will require that kind of money as well. My guess is it will take a four year deal worth around 60 million dollars to even get him interested.

So you guessed it folks it will probably come down to a bidding war between the Red Sox and the Yankees. The Red Sox need a number three starter more than anyone and Chapman would fill that role better than anyone. With Chapman their rotation would look something like this. Beckett, Lester, Chapman,Dice K and Wakefield. The way I see it that would be a killer rotation. It would certainly make .up for their failed experiments with Paul Byrd and John Smoltz

On the other hand the off-season will bring many questions for the Yankees rotation. Will Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain be in the Rotation or have they found a permanent home in the Pen? Will Andy Pettitte be back for another year in Pinstripes? What will become of Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre? My guess is that Andy will return for an encore year. He is only 37 not 47 like people make him out to be.

If the Yankees were to get Chapman this is how I see their rotation. 1. CC Sabathia, 2. AJ Burnett 3. Aroldis Chapman, 4. Andy Pettitte, 5. Chad Gaudin. I think that Hughes and Chamberlain in the pen gives the Yankees the best bull pen in baseball and I think they know it.

There are a few other teams interested in talking to Chapman including the Mariners, Angels, Dodgers, and Rangers. But you know it and I know it, it will come down to the Yankees and the Red Sox just like it always does.

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