Aroldis Chapman Royals May 25, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning in the second game of a double header at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals signed a controversial relief pitcher on Thursday.

Kansas City and reliever Aroldis Chapman agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Chapman, 34, will join the Royals after several years with the New York Yankees. Mark Feinsand of reported on Chapman’s signing. Feinsand tweeted, “Chapman gets one year at $3.75 million plus performance bonuses from the Royals, per source.”

In December 2015, Chapman was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident with his girlfriend in Florida. An Orange County Register article once wrote of the incident, “Yahoo Sports reported Monday it had obtained a police report from the Oct. 30 incident in which Chapman allegedly had fired the gunshots in the garage of his Miami area home after an argument with his girlfriend. Chapman’s girlfriend told police he had choked her and pushed her against the wall.”

Chapman received a 30-game suspension for his involvement in the incident in 2016.

Reactions to the Royals’ signing came in after it was made official.

First, Ryan Garcia was thrilled the Yankees no longer had Chapman around. Which just about says it all.

Meanwhile, the Yanks Go Yard Fansided account perfectly described the fanbase’s opinion on the move.

Then, Adam Grassani tweeted an absolutely hilarious Spongebob video describing how they think the final meeting between Chapman and Yankees GM Brian Cashman went.

Elsewhere, Marlins reporter Craig Mish took the time to downplay any reports of interest from Miami.

Then, finally, Offseason Joey reminded us of the time Chapman gave up a walk-off home run at Yankee Stadium.

[Mark Feinsand]

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