Even though the Yankees took 2 of 3 from the Giants, the For Sale signs were up as early as this past Friday. The first of what may be several sales occurred today when it was announced that Aroldis Chapman threw his last pitch as a Yankee. Yes, the big flame thrower is now a Cub. It’s the first time in over two decades that the Yanks have become sellers. Top Cubs prospect short stop Gleyber Torres along with along with the returning Adam Warren, outfielders Billy McKinney and Rasgad Crawford.
The Cubs paid a hefty price for Chapman as he basically is a rental. After the season the Yankees, if they wanted to, could resign him. The fact that the Cubs gave up so much tells me that they think this is their year. You don’t give up your top prospect (Torres) unless you think the hardware is within reach.
Warren is has been a pretty good spot starter and long reliever in past seasons for the Yankees who struggled this season with the Cubs following an offseason trade for second baseman Starlin Castro. Lets face it, the Yankees middle relief has been for the most part, a disappointment. Can Warren help the Yankees again? He had a .339 ERA in 147 games with the Yanks from 2012-15, but was a sky high 5.91 this season in 29 games with the Cubs, all but one in relief. It remains to be seen, but Yankee management had to address the middle relief problem. Maybe comfortable familiar surroundings get Warren back on track.
I was not really impressed by Chapman’s 104 mph fast ball. He often struggled with control. When he walked someone, trouble always seemed to follow. (Think June 28th) I always felt better when Betances or Miller took the hill in a big spot. The way I see it, the Yankees are walking away from a little bit of money and they added more prospects into a system that is getting better. They've actually done a decent job in the last two years replenishing. As for the Cubs …the Cubs now maybe win a World Series, but over the long haul the Yankees got back some really nice pieces. What do you think?
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