Sunday, July 17, 2016

Yankees Trade Partners: Aroldis Chapman Possible Destinations

The New York Yankees organization does not know whether they are buyers this season or sellers. That's because the people making the decisions aren't watching the games or even watching MLB Tonight, they just look at the standings and see the team is still mathematically involved in the second Wild Card playoff spot and see dollar signs. The team should eventually see that they need to sell and one of those players they are likely to move is Aroldis Chapman so here are a few potential landing spots for the current Yankees closer.

The Chicago Cubs have been the most vocal about already scouting the Yankees relievers and have specifically expressed interest in Chapman. Chicago prefers Andrew Miller but they prefer Miller without giving up their best prospects which seems like a pipe dream for the Cubs. Chapman may be more realistic for both sides.

The Rangers are another top team that needs a closer, unless they believe in Sam Dyson and they might,and Texas is a team not afraid to make the big trade. Joey Gallo would look awfully attractive in a Yankees uniform in more ways than one but New York could pull Jurickson Profar or Lewis Brinson if they played their cards right.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in on everybody every single year so it would make sense that they are involved in the discussions for Chapman as well. The Dodgers could do with a strong bullpen to take some of the pressure off their mediocre rotation and could give top prospects Frankie Montas or Grant Holmes in deals for the Cuban Missile.

The final team could be the Washington Nationals who have one of Chapman's former managers in Dusty Baker currently at the helm. The Nationals GM, Bob Miller, also signed Chapman out of Cuba so the connections are there and so is the need after the Jonathan Papelbon injury. Send me AJ Cole and you've got yourself a deal.

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