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Cubs make major deal week before deadline

Cubs added Aroldis Chapman to their bullpen for the stretch run but had to give up SS Gleyber Torres and three others

Mike Montgomery wasn’t enough, the Cubs front office went out and got LH Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees.

But the left-hander with a fastball over 100 mph comes at a high price as the Cubs dealt one of their top prospects to the Bronx—shortstop Gleyber Torres and also sent outfield prospects Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford, along with former Yankee pitcher Adam Warren, according to various reports.

Chapman is one of the top left-handers in all of baseball and immediately makes the Cubs bullpen one of the best in baseball. With a career 15.2 K/9 and a 1.05 WHIP, Chapman spend his first six years with the Reds and was traded to the Yankees at the start of the season for Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, Tony Renda and Caleb Cotham.

After missing the first 30 games of the season due to suspension from a domestic violence incident, Chapman has appeared in 31 games of the Yankees with 20 saves and a 2.01 ERA in 31.1 innings. Chapman is a free agent after the season and is represented by Scott Boras.

Signed back in 2013 as part of the Cubs international spending spree, Torres was named the top prospect in the Midwest League in 2015 after hitting .293/.353/.386 in 119 games, earned a late season promotion and helped Myrtle Beach to a Carolina League title.

The 19-year-old Venezuelan got off to a very slow start in his return to Myrtle Beach and hit .179 with 23 strikeouts in 21 games in April. Since that time, he’s punished Carolina League pitching at a .302/.379/.468 clip with 8 HR, 39 RB , and 18 SB in 73 games. Torres was ranked by several outlets as the Cubs top prospect entering the 2016 season.

Acquired during the off-season for SS Starlin Castro, Warren worked out of the bullpen to start the season and made a spot start before the all-star break. In 29 games, Warren went 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA over 35 innings with a .238 BAA and a 1.43 WHIP. Last season, Warren was 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA in 131.1 innings for the Yankees.

McKinney was part of the deal that brought Addison Russell to Chicago as the Cubs sent Jeff Samardija to Oakland in July of 2014. McKinney hit .300/.371/.454 in 106 games at two levels in 2015 but ended the season  on the DL with a broken knee cap. In 88 games this year for the Smokies, McKinney was hitting .252/.355/.322 with only one homer, all below his career averages.The left-handed hitting former outfielder was included in most outlets top 10 Cubs lists before the start of the season.

In his fifth season with the Cubs, Crawford had a break out season in 2015 at South Bend and has continued to improve at Myrtle Beach, hitting .255/.327/.386 with 18 doubles and 22 stolen bases. The 22-year-old has shown more power than in previous years and is a solid defender in center. 

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