Aroldis Chapman said Friday that the Marlins were close to signing him, but that he felt the Yankees were the more stable organization.
"The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end, my wish was to come back to the Yankees," Chapman said during a conference call.
Chapman added that the Marlins' history of roster changes was what made them the less-stable option.
He also disagreed with the way Cubs manager Joe Maddon used him in the World Series, noting that his Game 6 usage led to him being tired in Game 7 -- when he was hit hard during the Cubs' eventual victory.
Chapman, 28, recently re-signed with the Yankees on a five-year deal worth $86 million.
The "stability" aspect concerning the Marlins is understandable, but it also tells me that Miami might have been unwilling to add in the no-trade clause that Chapman has with the Yankees (full no-trade for the first three years of the deal), or else, the stability factor would be moot.
More importantly for the Yankees is the comment about his usage in the World Series. Current Yankees skipper Joe Girardi should heed these words insofar as understanding Chapman's comfort level. Any player wants to be at the top of their game when they are called upon and Chapman obviously does not feel comfortable when asked to garner more than three outs per appearance -- especially on back to back days. He knows he will not be as effective when put in such situations.
It was easy to see while with the Yankees and in the World Series that Chapman was not nearly as effective when his fastball sat in the high-90 mph range. Chapman's dominance comes when he can consistently hit 100-103 mph on the radar gun and he can only do that when his outings are kept short and not bunched together.
Girardi will have to monitor the situation daily and be able to trust Dellin Betances, and maybe even Tyler Clippard, to lock down the occasional save in an effort to keep Chapman as fresh as possible.