We’re not sure if being a state governor qualifies Chris Christie to speak with authority on the business dealings of the New York Yankees, but that didn’t stop the New Jersey politician.
Christie appeared on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” radio program on Tuesday and the subject of Aroldis Chapman’s massive contract with the Yankees came up. Christie, a noted Mets fan, blasted the Yanks for splashing out $86 million over five years for the hard throwing leftie closer.
“Let me tell you this,” Christie said, according to NJ.com’s Joe Giglio. “You want to talk about wasted funds? Get ready for year three of that Aroldis Chapman contract. You remember the way he looked in Game 7 of the Word Series? Let me tell you something: Year three – that will be every day. Every day.
“What a stupid deal! Five years for $86 million for Aroldis Chapman. Are you getting me? You kidding me?”
Chapman was only the second closer in history to receive a five-year contract, after the Blue Jays signed B.J. Ryan to a five-year deal back in 2005 (spoiler alert: it didn’t work out). The Dodgers recently added Kenley Jansen to this list, inking their closer to a five-year, $80 million deal.
Chapman, fresh off a World Series championship with the Chicago Cubs, started the 2016 season as a Yankee before being traded away at the deadline.