New York has long been looked at as the favorite for Chapman, though the lefty wants a six-year deal and the Yankees may only be willing to offer him five. Jansen’s market has not fully developed, though a five-year deal appears likely for him.
The Yankees are among a few teams looking at high-end closers, along with the Dodgers and the Marlins. Miami reportedly prefers Jansen to Chapman at this point, with the Dodgers focused on re-signing their own star, Jansen.
The Nationals, who lost Mark Melancon to the Giants on Tuesday, are also known to be looking for relief help. Washington is pursuing free agents Neftali Feliz and Brad Ziegler, and appears to be a potential dark horse for Chapman as well.
Chapman has received offers of at least $80 million, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, so the Yankees’ offer may well be in that range. Chapman is in the “catbird seat,” according to Heyman, and will now sift through offers that will make him the highest-paid reliever of all-time.