Aroldis Chapman Traded to the Chicago Cubs

The New York Yankees have traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for multiple blue-chip prospects

Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs are all in this season, as they have struck the first blockbuster deal of the Major League Baseball trade deadline Monday morning.

According to multiple reports, the New York Yankees will send flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, in exchange for four prospects.

Among the prospects reportedly being sent to the Yankees are Chicago's number one prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres. The Cubs will also send their fifth ranked prospect outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Adam Warren, and a player to be named later.

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Chapman has converted 20 out of 21 saves for the Yankees since being traded by the Cincinnati Reds over the offseason. The Cuban lefty holds the major league record for fastest pitch, clocked at 105.1 MPH. 

With Addison RussellJavier Baez, and Ben Zobrist, Chicago has no need for a top-tier shortstop such as Torres. The Yankees however are looking for their next Derek Jeter, and are currently playing Didi Gregorius as their everyday shortstop. Torres, who was playing for the Cubs Single-A club, is said to have a knack for getting on base, proven by his .359 OBP. At just 19-years-old, the Yankees can develop him into their next superstar.

Outfielder Billy McKinney was the first round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2013 draft, but was sent to the Cubs in 2014 along with Addison Russell in exchange for starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. McKinney is known for his combination of raw hitting and speed on the bases.

Adam Warren was originally drafted by the Yankees, but was sent to Chicago in exchange for infielder Starlin Castro in December.

Chicago has not won the World Series since 1908, but have recently began a push to break the 108 year curse. With a young core of Kris BryantAnthony Rizzo, Addison Russell emerging from their farm system, the Cubs have been adding multiple star players to their depth chart over the past two seasons.

In free agency, they've acquired Jason HeywardJake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Ben Zobrist, and Dexter Fowler. With Chapman now in the fold, the Cubs are as strong as ever heading into the dog-days of summer.

The Yankees are currently floating just above .500 and are looking to unload some of their veteran talent at the trade deadline. They are currently in fourth place in the American League East, but just 7.5 games out of first. 

Outfielder Carlos Beltran is also expected to be moved at some point in the coming days, as the Yankees officially begin to rebuild.


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