The New York Yankees have traded heat throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs in return for four players headlined by top infield prospect Gleyber Torres and former Yankee pitcher Adam Warren. The Yankees saw Chapman as an expand piece with depth in their bullpen and Chapman an impending free agent.
The Cubs get a reliable close in Chapman who will be a tremendous help in the playoffs facing top batters such as Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals as the Cubs will attempt to end its world series curse. The Cubs gave up a significant haul for Chapman, but the team is all in on this season so it is worth the package of players including its top prospect in Torres.
This trade brings the Yankees assets into its farm system and does not completely put them into sell mode. “This isn’t a white flag. This is a rearrangement…this was the right move for our franchise to make,” said Cashman.
Cashman is still looking at improving the Yankee roster as the team only sits 4.5 games behind in the wild card race which is striking distance. “I have a green light to continue to do my job, which is to assess market values both coming and going,” said Cashman.
The Yankees and Cubs both benefited from this deal and should both be deemed as winners of this trade. The cubs get another piece to its contending roster and the Yankees added to its farm system by trading an impending free agent from a position that had a surplus. If the Yankees are able to resign Chapman as a free agent, then the Yankees will be able to feel even better about completing this deal.