After the Yankees had signed Aroldis Chapman a few days ago, Twitter blew up with angry Yankees fans complaining and throwing out different reasons why the move was a bad move. I will address two different reasons that bother me the most and give my thoughts on them.
The biggest one I would like to address is the domestic violence incident Chapman had before the trade was even made back in December of last year. Fans are saying “how dare the Yankees bring back the woman beater” or other things similarly to that. First of all, yes I know what he did was horrendous and despicable even if he didn’t put his hands on her or not BUT, he was punished for it by the MLB (30-day ban). He was punished even without being charged and without a sentence. Now whether you agree or not that this was sufficient, he was PENALIZED FOR IT. What do you want them to do? Ban him for 60 or 90 days? Maybe ban him for a season or life? When something happens in somebody’s personal life, do they get fired from their job? Maybe in some instances but eventually they find another job somewhere else in the same industry. I’m sorry Yankee fans but you need to try to get over the incident and let the man play. Everyone deserves another chance.
The second one I would like to address is the Yankee fans who say that the amount of money given to Chapman was “outrageous” and “ridiculous”. Let me ask you specific fans something, IS IT YOUR MONEY!?!? Why do you care how much they gave him? If the Yankees thought that was the right amount to give him, then trust that they know what they are doing. I mean, with the way the team is going, it seems to me that they do. So please, if you guys and girls call yourselves Yankees fans, then please have some more faith in the Yankees front office.
I do agree that the Yankees should’ve gone for a starting pitcher rather than going for a relief pitcher during this past winter meetings but I can’t say it wasn’t a good move to get him. In giving him 5 years, it shows me that the Yankees want Chapman for the future, not for 2017, which we all know is not going to be a championship year (maybe not even a playoff year). That is where we are going to need him the most. So everyone just relax and just be happy that the Yankees took care of the bullpen and are continuing to prepare for the future.
If you disagree or want to continue the discussion please let me know in the comment section below. I would love to know what you think.