Breaking: Aroldis Chapman Signs Free Agent Deal In National League

With 321 career saves and seven All-Star appearances, flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman isn't ready to hang 'em up just yet. The 35-year-old has signed a 2024 contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to baseball insider Francys Romero.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for one year, worth $10.5 million.  

For the Pirates, who aren't necessarily expecting to be in contention for a playoff berth this season, Chapman could be a decent trade chip for them come late July, for teams looking for another live arm for their bullpen.  

Going into his age-36 season, Chapman is far from the younger, dominating version of himself that helped backbone the Chicago Cubs to the World Series title in 2016, or who recorded 30+ saves for the New York Yankees for three straight full seasons from 2018 through 2021.

He still blew batters away at a rate of 15.9 K/9 this season, but seeing him take the mound in those late, high-leverage situations can cause even the most jaded fans to get nervous. He was acquired by the Texas Rangers and did a nice job for them, but he wasn't trusted with save situations during their World Series run. 

In 14 seasons, Chapman has a 2.53 ERA with 321 saves and a ridiculous 14.8 strikeouts per nine.  

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