New York Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman said he would be open to returning to New York, even if they trade him before the trade deadline, after he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
"If I am traded, I would love to come back and be part of the team again," Chapman said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.
Chapman, fellow reliever Andrew Miller and outfielder Carlos Beltran have been the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks as the Aug. 1 trade deadline nears.
The Yankees' front office is split on whether to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. As the Yankees enter Monday 8 1/2 games back in the AL East and 5 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot, GM Brian Cashman and members of the baseball operations department reportedly believe the team should sell, while team president Randy Levine and owner Hal Steinbrenner consider the Yankees contenders.
Should the team fall out of contention, the Yankees would consider trading Chapman and Beltran, both of whom are slated to become free agents at the end of the season.
Chapman, 28, has a 2.30 ERA through 28 appearances this season. He has recorded 18 saves and struck out 40 batters in 27 1/3 innings.
New York acquired Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason in exchange for four minor leaguers. Chapman served a 30-game suspension to start the season stemming from a domestic violence incident in which he fired eight gunshots in his garage and allegedly choked his girlfriend in October 2015.