Why Both the Yankees and Cubs Needed to Make the Chapman Trade
Aroldis Chapman is now a member of the Chicago Cubs. It had long been speculated that Chapman would be on the move at some point, as the Yankees currently sit 7.5 games back in the AL East, as well as 4.5 games out from the second wild card spot with a record of 50-48 and while this deficit may not seem too large, the Yankees have question marks all over their lineup and rotation. 39-year-old Carlos Beltran, who like Chapman is in a contract year, has been the team’s best hitter. The rotation has failed to find consistency beyond Masahiro Tanaka. It all adds up to the Yankees -25 run differential on the season; the other three teams ahead of them in the AL East all have a run differential of +40 or better. The Chicago Cubs, on the other hand, lead the entire league in both record, 59-38, as well as run differential, at +150.
The deal that has been agreed to is as follows:
New York Yankees Receive:
- SS Gleyber Torres
- RHP Adam Warren
- OF Billy Mckinney
- OF Rashad Crawford
Chicago Cubs Receive:
- LHP Aroldis Chapman
New York’s Side of the Deal:
For the first time since I can remember, the Bronx Bombers have decided to sell pieces from their major league roster at the trade deadline rather than make a run at a championship. GM Brian Cashman picked a great time to do so. Just about every contender in the league is in the market for relief help, and Aroldis Chapman, a rental player who will become a free agent at season’s end, just so happened to be the best one available. As a result, the Yankees were able to demand a return package that was far and away greater than the one they had to give up for Chapman in March.
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