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Controversial Chapman returns to the Yankees on an $86 million contract

Chapman won a World Series with the Cubs this year.

THE NEW YORK Yankees are bringing back Aroldis Chapman, signing the free agent closer to a 5-year, $86 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Chapman spent the first part of the 2016 season with the New York Yankees after being acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds.

However, when the Yankees fell out of the playoff race in July, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for three prospects and a relief pitcher.

After winning the World Series, Chapman recently told ESPN that the Cubs never expressed any interest in re-signing their closer.

Chapman would only say that he was looking for a six-year contract. However, he strongly hinted that he wanted a deal worth at least $100 million.

“The only thing I have expressed that I would like is a six-year contract,” Chapman told ESPN. “I know that doesn’t mean that I will get it, but that’s what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million, and that’s not true at all. I believe that if you deserve something, you don’t ask for it.”

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According to Rosenthal, Chapman can opt out of the deal after three years and he can reject any trade in the first three years.

In 2015, Champman was the first player banned by the MLB for breaching rules related to domestic violence. He was suspended for 30 games for allegedly choking his girlfriend and firing eight shots in the garage of his Florida home.

- Cork Gaines, Business Insider with additional reporting by Steve O’Rourke.

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