Chicago Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman throws against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning in game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2016 in Chicago. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo
The New York Yankees are looking at a familiar face in their bid to secure an elite closer from the free agent trade market.
General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that the club has tendered contract offers to former Yankees fireballer Aroldis Chapman as well as fellow closer Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cashman, however, did not divulge the length of the potential deals to secure the services of either Chapman or Jansen.
"They're both exceptionally talented individuals and they're both going to be well-rewarded for that talent, regardless of where they decide to play," Cashman told MLB.com. "It would be nice if somebody picks us at some point. If not, we'll adjust."
Chapman reportedly is in search of a six-year deal, but his current team -- the Chicago Cubs -- appear to be moving on by trading for right-hander Wade Davis on Wednesday. The left-handed Chapman served as Chicago's closer since a July trade after posting a 3-0 mark with 20 saves and a 2.01 ERA in 31 appearances with the Yankees.
The Dodgers and Marlins reportedly are interested in Chapman, although the latter club has expressed greater interest in Jansen.
The National League Reliever of the Year this past season, Jansen recorded a 3-2 mark with a 1.83 ERA and 47 saves. The 29-year-old struck out 104 batters and posted a major-league-leading 0.67 WHIP.
On June 20, Jansen picked up his 162nd save to become the Dodgers' all-time leader in the category, a record previously held by former closer and three-time All-Star right-hander Eric Gagne. Jansen increased his career total to 189 by the year's end.