Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 24 consecutive games with a fourth-inning double in Sunday afternoon’s series finale at home against the Mets. Arenado slashed a 1-2 change-up from Dillon Gee to left field with one out in the fourth inning.
The hitting streak is currently the longest active streak in baseball, and it is the second-longest in Rockies history. Michael Cuddyer set the Rockies’ record last season with a 27-game streak, but it was ended by none other than Clayton Kershaw.
Arenado has been enjoying a great start to the 2014 season. Entering Sunday’s action, he had a .313/.326/.492 slash line, and hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday night’s game against the Mets.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that there is a “one million percent” chance Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will opt out once the season ends.
Just going by the math this makes perfect sense, of course.
Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million deal with the Yankees before the 2017 season. Pursuant to the terms of the deal he’ll make $15 million a year in 2020 and 2021 (he was given an $11 million signing bonus that was finished being paid out last year). This past season the qualifying offer was $17.9 million. Craig Kimbrel of the Cubs just signed a deal that will pay him $16 million in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (he’s making a prorated $16 million this year). Other top closer salaries at the moment include Kenley Jansen ($19,333,334); and Wade Davis ($18 million).
It’s fair to say that Chapman fits into that group and, I think it’s safe to say, more teams would take him than those guys if they were all freely available. As such, Chapman opting out to get more money makes all kinds of sense. Heck, opting out, getting slapped with a qualifying offer, accepting it and then hitting the market unencumbered after the 2020 season would stand him in better financial stead than if he didn’t opt-out in the first place.
The question is whether the Yankees will let it get that far or whether they’ll approach him to renegotiate the final couple of years on the deal or to add some years onto the back of it. If they’re smart they will.