Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman is happy to be back in pinstripes and thinks the team is moving in the right direction with its young players, he told reporters in Tampa on Saturday.
Chapman, who closed for the World Series champion Cubs after being traded by the Yankees last season, says he sees the Yankees having a lot of similarities with how that Cubs team was developed.
"Chicago started doing the same thing, bringing on young players in the beginning combined with veterans, and it worked for them," Chapman said, according to Randy Miller of NJ.com. "The Yankees are similar in that way. They're trying to bring in some youth and athletes that are very gifted, and I think it's something that they can move along like the Cubs and accomplish because of the level of talent they have.
"One of the things that can be key, too, is the unity in the team and the Yankees can do that too."
With this in mind, Chapman thinks with budding young stars like Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird, the Yankees can compete for the division title.
"You never know. You've got to play it," Chapman said. "There's a lot of time left. Look at what this team did without [Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and me] and with all these young kids, you never know what's going to happen this year. All I know is that this is a really young team and they're going to fight very hard ... and I think we're going to do very well."