How desperate were the Cubs to get a WS win after 108 years? So desperate they gave up someone that is being called the next Derek Jeter (Gleyber Torres, who hit .403 in the AFL at age 19 and was the Arizona Fall League MVP) for just a few months of Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman is bringing his 104 MPH fastball back to the Yanks, signing a 5 year, $86 MM deal to return to the Bronx.
This will move Dellin Betances back to the 8th inning and set up Tyler Clippard for the 7th. The two setup guys are righty pitchers, so don’t be surprised if the Yanks make a play to bring lefty Boone Logan back (even though I did like the job Tommy Layne did after the Yanks acquired him last year).
Chapman was 3-0, 2.01 in his limited time with the Yanks in 2016, with 20 saves.
Best of all, he doesn’t cost the Yanks a draft pick, and for “loaning” him out to the Cubs for a few months and a WS title, the Yanks get Torres, and reacquire Adam Warren.