Cubs Acquire Aroldis Chapman

Yankees trade dominant lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman

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The trade is official: the New York Yankees trade Aroldis Chapman to Chicago Cubs for Gleyber Torres, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford, per Jack Curry.

Chapman is owed about $4.6 MM of his $11.33 MM salary through season’s end and has a solid 2.15-2.05 ERA-FIP with a 12.6 K/9 since returning from a 30-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy earlier this season.

The center-piece of the deal is Gleyber Torres. Torres is the Cubs’ number one prospect according to MLB.com. Torres has shown a great bat at the minor league level thus far, slashing .285/.358/.407 in his minor league career. Torres has also shown plenty of hustle, stealing 22 bases in 35 attempts at single-A South Bend last year, and accumulating 19 SB in 29 attempts this year as a part of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

The second piece in the deal is 2013 first round pick, Billy McKinney. McKinney is rated across the board as one of the top prospects in the deep Cubs system. The carrying tool here is his ability to hit for contact, a good eye, patient approach, and long swing path should give him a chance at being a good hitter in the majors. The other tools grade out as right around average, which makes the total picture look like a solid starting corner outfielder.

Warren was previously a part of the Yankees from 2012-2015, splitting his years between the rotation and the bullpen. In the 2015 offseason, Warren was traded to the Cubs as a part of a deal for SS Starlin Castro, but struggled out of the bullpen this season. Warren was pitching to the tune of a 5.83 ERA with a 1.429 WHIP when he was optioned to AAA Iowa on July 24.

Rashas Crawford is the final piece of the deal. He’s 22 therefore older than both Torres and McKinney but has raw, explosive tools. He has great bat control and a speedy outfielder which fits the persona of the Yankees current outfielder depth. FanGraphs projects him nothing more than an organizational piece.

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