Has The Time Come?
The time has come that we have all been anticipating ever since the trade on Dec 28, 2015 which sent Aroldis Chapman from the Reds to the Yankees with the Yankees returning Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, Tony Renda, and Caleb Cotham to Cincinnati. The Yankees got Chapman as apart of a "steal" as some would say since they paid such little in return for such an elite reliever, The price for Chapman stooped to such a low due to Domestic Violence allegations which forced him to sit out the first 30 games of the 2016 season for the Yankees and miss such a vital portion of the season. As of today the New York Yankees hold a record of 50-48 and currently sit 7.5 games back of the First Place Baltimore Orioles. Aroldis is currently sporting a 2.01 ERA and is 20/21 in Save Opportunities. This season has pretty much gone to waste which solidifies the Yankees as sellers.
The first move on the Yankees apparent trade list is moving Closer Aroldis Chapman which has been in all sports news headlines for weeks now and with talks heating up in the past few days we might have come to a conclusion to the Chapman sweepstakes. The madness first started midday Today, Sunday July 24,2016 when Cubs Shortstop Gleyber Torres was scratched from Tonights lineup at High-A Myrtle Beach. Gleyber has been a prospect that has stuck out to the Yankees for a while as everyone knows how much they love their young SS. In 2016 Torres is currently batting .275 with 9 HR 47 RBI and 19 SB in High-A for the Cubs. The 19 year old is currently the #1 ranked prospect in the Cubs system and is ranked as the #24 prospect in all of Baseball according to MLB.com so that is a reason the Yankees are very high on him. Many analysts believe that within the next two years that Torres could reach the Top 5 prospect list in all of baseball because he just has such pure raw talent.
Now we get to the rumored trade... The two constant names we are hearing in all reports are Aroldis Chapman and Gleyber Torres. We know that other pieces are involved in this proposed trade but no one can seem to figure out the exact players being exchanged. Rumored players being thrown around from the Yankees side are RP Andrew Miller, SP Michael Pineda, SP Nathan Eovaldi, SP Ivan Nova, and RF Carlos Beltran. Names being thrown around on the Cubs side are OF Jorge Soler, OF Kyle Schwarber, RP Adam Warren, and 3B Jeimer Candelario. A trade involving any of these players listed could be considered as a blockbuster with all of the talent being exchanged between the two teams.
As per Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, The trade is looking likelier but still not finalized, Torres is one of the multiple pieces that have been agreed upon as part of the deal.
We should get some clarification to these tumors tomorrow and see if whether or not Aroldis Chapman is on his way to the Windy City and we will see what the Yankees will be getting in return for the elite closer.