Notorious New York Yankees Free Agent Squares Up Against Manny Pacquiao’s Ferocious Former Opponent Amid Wild Free Agency

Published 01/18/2023, 11:30 AM EST

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Athletes use several training methods outside of their sport that suit their physical demands. Aroldis Chapman, the powerhouse reliever, is turning heads this off-season with his unusual training method. Instead of sticking to traditional pitcher-specific workouts, the former New York Yankees reliever has chosen to step into the ring and train alongside a legendary boxer to beef up his upper body strength.

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This has been garnering attention, especially after his recent suspension from the New York Yankees for not showing up to training during the postseason. Now a free agent, Chapman’s training methods may just give him the edge he needs to dominate on the field once again.

Chapman’s workouts with Yordenis Ugas 

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After a less-than-stellar last season, Chapman is on a mission to make a comeback. The hard-throwing lefty has been training with none other than Cuban boxing legend, Yordenis Ugas who beat Manny Pacquiao in 2021. The former WBA welterweight champion is known for his intense training regimen, and Chapman is putting in the work alongside him to train.

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The pitcher is also throwing many offseason bullpen sessions as he prepares to sign with a team. With the guidance of a champion like Ugas, Chapman is determined to come back stronger than before.

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Team’s Aroldis Chapman has been linked during his free agency 

According to NJ.com, Chapman is on the radar of several clubs looking to add a veteran reliever at a low cost. The Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers have all had talks with his representation. The Marlins, being closest to his home, have shown the most interest in the pitcher. 

All five clubs have discussed one-year contracts with Chapman. However, he will have to make a significant pay cut. He is now weighing his options carefully. Now the 34-year-old is looking for a new opportunity to prove himself after leaving the Yankees on less-than-ideal terms. 

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With his additional training in boxing, what do you think Chapman will bring to the game this season? What will it have changed about him? Will it have improved his pitching style and his standing as a contender? What new doors have opened up for Chapman in the ballpark because of his boxing training? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Garima Verma

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Garima is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She has recently graduated as a Master's student in Media and Communications. She is an avid reader and an ardent cinema fan.
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