Oakland Athletics’ third baseman Matt Chapman could be growing frustrated with the organization.
Matt Chapman is the unquestioned leader of the Oakland Athletics both on and off the field. He is the face of the franchise — the total package who the organization likely hopes to keep around for the foreseeable future.
But A’s fans have been down this path before. From Yoenis Cespedes to Sonny Gray to Josh Donaldson, the A’s have seen their fair share of homegrown stars flipped before ever receiving a second contract with the team.
But Chapman is different — right?
The two-time Gold Glove Award Winner and 2019 All-Star remains the heart of the A’s organization. His fierce competitiveness combined with his unquestioned leadership makes him a perfect fit for that role.
But they also make him a perfect candidate for the next player to break the hearts of A’s fans.
Chapman is currently due to make a full pro-rated salary of just $230,926 this season and he’s under arbitration until 2023. By the time he’s set to hit the open market, the California native will already be 30-years-old.
He likely doesn’t want to wait until then to get his much-deserved payday. And as Shayna Rubin of the Bay Area News Group has pointed out, his subtle actions on social media hint at growing frustration on his part.
Matt Chapman may be growing more frustrated with the Oakland Athletics with each passing day.
Chapman has been liking a myriad of tweets relating to fans insisting that he deserves to get paid and that the Athletics should do right by him. Rubin goes through a variety of these tweets, but they almost all indicate the same underlying message.
Chapman wants to get paid sooner rather than later and his patience with the A’s appears to be growing thin.
Rubin also discusses how two of the league’s best third basemen in Alex Bregman, a close friend of Chapman, and Nolan Arenado have already received their well-deserved extensions. You best believe Chapman has taken notice of that.
The A’s don’t exactly have a lengthy track record of extending their star players. In fact, the last real big-money extension handed to a star player was likely Eric Chavez way back in 2004.
That was 16 years ago. Matt Chapman was 10-year-old when Chavez signed that extension.
There’s no doubt that Chapman has earned a pay raise and a subsequent extension at this point given everything he’s done on and off the field.
But unless the A’s break tradition and finally extend a star player, Chapman’s frustration with the organization will only continue to manifest itself.