Aroldis Chapman — widely considered one of the most dominant relief pitchers in baseball — is looking to cash in on his elite status.
After winning a World Series with the Chicago Cubs, Chapman is a free agent. He tops a particularly bountiful free agent market for relief pitchers this offseason. Naturally, he’s wants top dollar. Early reports say Chapman is asking for a $100 million deal.
That’s a lot of cash, even for someone who regularly throws 100-mph fastballs. But just how much is $100 million?
Let’s take a look.
Many are comparing a potential Chapman contract to the one former elite reliever Jonathan Papelbon signed in 2011. That was four years and $50 million.
So let’s assume Chapman gets that $100-million deal he’s after, and let’s assume it’s also a four-year deal. That’s $25 million a year, an undoubtedly high price tag, but pretty much par for the course when it comes to elite free agents.
But here’s the thing.
Aroldis Chapman is a closer, meaning he usually pitches one inning at the end of games. Good closers are an insurance policy — hand them the ball in the ninth inning and consider the game won.
How much would Chapman make in a typical day’s work? Let’s see.
Fangraphs projects Chapman will pitch about 65 innings in 2017. Scatter his annual salary — $25 million — over 65 innings and you get $384,615. That’s just short of what the president makes per year. read more