Blue Jays' Matt Chapman Speaks On Potential Long-Term Contact Extension

Toronto Blue Jays Matt Chapman finds himself at a pivotal point in his career.

With free agency on the horizon, Chapman has delivered an exceptional performance on the field, garnering attention and acclaim.

Currently leading the league in doubles with 17, ranked second in the league in batting average, fourth in OBP, and fourth in slugging percentage, and honored as the American League Player of the Month for April, he is on track to achieve career-best statistics.

This outstanding performance, coupled with the recent lucrative contract extensions for third basemen like Rafael Devers and Manny Machado, positions Chapman as a premier free agent infielder.

Having renowned agent Scott Boras by his side, Chapman is confident in his representation's ability to secure a substantial contract.

While he remains open to a long-term deal with the Blue Jays, Chapman understands that the negotiations and decision-making lie in the hands of Boras and the team's front office. Trusting Boras's expertise and track record of securing lucrative deals for his clients, Chapman defers discussions to his agent, preferring to focus on his on-field performance and helping the team win games.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Chapman confirmed his willingness to engage in extension talks with the Blue Jays.

However, he emphasized that his primary focus remains on baseball and delivering his best on the field. He acknowledges the mutual interest between him and the team but believes that any discussions should involve his agent.

With his exceptional performance so far in the 2023 season, Chapman has solidified his position as one of the top hitters in the upcoming free agency, second only to Shohei Ohtani.

Here's a list of the biggest third baseman contracts since 2020:

Manny Machado: Contract Value: $350 million Years: 11 Signing Age: 30

Rafael Devers: Contract Value: $313.5 million Years: 10 Signing Age: 26

Austin Riley: Contract Value: $212 million Years: 10 Signing Age: 25

Jose Ramirez: Contract Value: $141 million Years: 7 Signing Age: 29

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