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Trade Grades- Yankees Trade Aroldis Chapman to Cubs - This Is Sports Zone

On Tuesday, after much speculation, the New York Yankees finally traded flame throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres, prospect outfielders Billy McKinney, Rashad Crawford, and relief pitcher Adam Warren. Here are the SportsZone Trade Grades for each team:


At 50-48, 7.5 games out of the AL East lead and 4.5 games out of a Wild Card spot entering play on Monday, the speculation for most of the last month has been whether the Yankees would be sellers at the deadline for the first time in well over 20 years. This trade doesn’t definitely answer that question but it does leave the team in a good spot: it improves their farm system by adding two top-tier prospects in Torres and McKinney, while leaving the big club in a position to still be competitive for the remainder of the season. With Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances still in tow, they will still be dominant in the latter innings, but if Warren returns to his 2014-15 form, he gives them a valued arm for the middle innings who can also provide a quality start if needed.

Torres was ranked as the 24th best prospect in baseball by MLBpipeline.com to begin the season, and is considered one of the ten best shortstop prospects in the game, but at age 19 probably is at least 2-3 years away from cracking the majors. Getting McKinney could turn into a steal, as the former first round pick seemed to be on the fast track to the majors after the Cubs acquired him in the Jeff Samardzija trade in 2014, before a sub par season thus far this year. If he can get back on the right track, he could join Aaron Judge in a Yankee outfield as soon as next season.

The best part of this deal for the Yankees is that they got back much more than they gave up in acquiring Chapman back in Spring Training. They were able to turn a fringe package of Eric Jagielo, Rookie Davis, Caleb Cotham and Tony Renda into two possible cornerstones of the future, and a reliever who can produce this season, while getting a lottery ticket in Crawford. Plus, they have extra assets if they decide to turn around and trade for a big name start, like Chris Sale or Sonny Grey. Great deal for the Yankees.


After scratching the surface last week by adding Mike Montgomery from Seattle, the Cubs finally have the big name closer they have longed for to address their biggest weakness, the bullpen. In Chapman the Cubs add one of the most dominant closers in the game, while being able to move incumbant Hector Rondon to an eighth inning role, giving them one of the best late-game combos in the National League. And they did it without having to part with anyone who would be an asset to their big league roster this season or next.

The Yankees had been asking for injured outfielder Kyle Schwarber in a deal for Chapman or Miller all season, but Theo Epstein had steadfastly refused to part with him. Due to their deep farm system, they were able to trade Torres and McKinney while holding onto Schwarber, Jorge Soler, Willson Contreras (all major league contributors), and Triple-A third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who could crack the roster next season.

It’s always a risk to trade prospects for what could be a two-month rental, as the Cubs didn’t ask for time to sign Chapman to a contract extension before agreeing to make a trade. But as we saw last year when the Mets acquired Yeonis Cespedes for prospect Michael Fulmer, if a team truly believes they are one player away from a World Series, and that player performs, the risk can be worth a reward. For the Cubs, that was clearly the case, and they did it without hurting themselves for this season, which makes it a solid all-around gamble.

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