Aroldis Chapman did not stay long in the Big Apple or the American League. The New York Yankees closer is reportedly on his way back to the National League.
Sources said he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, which puts him back in the NL Central where he played for the Cincinnati Reds prior to signing with the New York Yankees.
The four-team All-Star was sent to Chicago in exchange for Gleybar Torres a prized prospect at shortstop, Adam Warren a right-hander and Billy McKinney an outfielder. Those three are known to be part of the trade with a possibly more players to be added to that list.
Chapman, who is 28, was acquired during the offseason by the Yankees from the Reds. He missed the season’s first 30 games after he was the first player to be suspended by Major League Baseball for the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault policy.
He also had to forfeit over $1.7 million of his annual salary.
Thus far, his season, Chapman has appeared in 31 games for New York. Chapman on the season is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.01, a WHIP of 0.894 and 20 saves. The flame-thrower has struck out 44 while walking just eight.
Chicago’s Torres, who is just 19, is the No. 27 ranked Baseball America prospect playing in the minor leagues according to the company’s midseason rankings that were just released.
Torres is from Caracas, Venezuela and spent this season with the High A-ball affiliate out of Myrtle Beach. During his 94 games played with the team, Torres had a batting average of .275 with 9 homers, 47 RBIs and a .791 OPS.
Warren, who Chicago acquired from the Yankees last year for Starlin Castro has an ERA of 5.91 this season in 35 innings of action.
Between 2013 and 2015, while with the Yankees, Castro had an ERA of 3.23 in both starting and relieving roles.
McKinney was drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He currently plays Double-A ball.
Chicago currently has a 7 ½ game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Yankees with this trade are all but declaring themselves out of the race for the postseason. New York is currently in fourth place in the AL East 7 ½ games behind the Baltimore Orioles.