CHICAGO – Aroldis Chapman will have a big decision to make once the season ends, but he’s hoping not to think about his future until he and his Cubs teammates are celebrating the franchise’s first World Series title since 1908.
Chapman will be a free agent after the season, and while there has been plenty of speculation that the Yankees will try to bring him back after trading him to the Cubs in July, the flame-throwing lefty is too focused on the present to worry about what lies ahead.
“Right now, I really can’t talk about that because I’m focused on getting us to the top,” Chapman told the Daily News through a translator before Friday night’s NL Division Series Game 1. “Later on, maybe I can talk about it in terms of where my future is. I really don’t know where my future stands.”
Chapman has maintained a close relationship with Yankees closer Dellin Betances since he left for Chicago on July 25, saying the two are “always in contact, always talking.”
Despite Betances’ late-season struggles, Chapman believes his former teammate will continue to be one of the most dominant relief pitchers in the game.
“Whether he’s the closer or not, he’s going to be successful,” Chapman said. “As long as he applies himself, he will be an effective closer for that team.”
As for his current team, Chapman said his transition to Chicago was “very easy,” as his teammates “welcomed me with open arms.” After posting 20 saves and a 2.01 ERA in 31 appearances for the Yankees following his season-opening 30-game domestic violence suspension, Chapman had 16 saves and a 1.01 ERA in 28 outings for the Cubs.
Now, Chapman and those teammates are taking aim at the 11 wins necessary to end the Cubs’ 108-year championship drought, starting with this week’s best-of-five showdown with the Giants.
“I want to get to the World Series and win a ring,” Chapman said. “This is the first step.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News