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Yankees Trade Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs

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Cubs Bolster Bullpen in Chapman Trade

The New York Yankees have traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs in a deal for 19 year-old top prospect Gleyber Torres, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney, and Rashad Crawford.  Chapman is expected to assume the closer role for the Cubs, which would force current Cubs closer Hector Rondon to set-up for Chapman in the 8th inning.

Chapman has been stellar for the Yankees in 2016 since coming off of his 30 game domestic violence suspension.  The former Reds’ closer has 20 saves while posting a 2.01 ERA and a measly .894 WHIP.  Although Chapman’s K/9 rate is down from his career average, the four time all-star has not missed a beat since joining elite relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller in the Yankee bullpen.  The Cubs have looked invincible at times this season, but their bullpen was lacking a shutdown pitcher like Chapman.  The Cubs hope the 28 year-old Cuban native can bring them that elusive World Series Championship.

With the trade of Chapman, the Yankees can now be categorized as “sellers” during this season’s trade deadline.  Other potential pieces that could be moved include Carlos Beltran, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Miller, and C.C. Sabathia.  Although the Bronx Bombers may be disappointed that they did not acquire Kyle Schwarber in a deal with Chicago, they were able to get a pretty good consolation prize in Gleyber Torres.  The Cubs signed Torres as a shortstop out of Venezuela in 2013.  So far in 2016, Torres has posted respectable numbers in High-A Myrtle Beach, batting .275 with nine home runs.  Torres was ranked as the 41st prospect in the game by Baseball America entering the 2016 campaign.

Warren was sent to the Cubs in the off season for Starlin Castro.  McKinney was a key prospect in the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics in 2014.