The Chicago Cubs have been linked to a pair of New York Yankees left-handed relievers, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Washington Nationals will challenge the Cubs in acquiring either Chapman or Miller.
As mentioned in a previous report, the Cubs have recently sent scout Jason Parks to New York to watch Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman. Betances is the likeliest to be retained as Miller and Chapman have been part of speculations ever since the start of the season.
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The Cubs are still the best team in baseball but they are looking to improve their bullpen by acquiring either Chapman or Miller. However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports noted in his report that the Nationals may be willing to challenge Chicago for the services of the two left-handed pitchers.
Rosenthal added that the Nationals’ priority at the trade deadline is to add a bullpen arm. Even though the Yankees are not expected to trade both players with less than two months before the deadline, it is expected that they will ask for a hefty return.
Washington has one of the best bullpens in baseball and they should learn their lesson from last season. They were atop the NL East and Drew Storen was a lights-out closer but they still traded for Jonathan Papelbon.
The move backfired as Storen stumbled in his new role as a setup man and Papelbon went on to choke Nationals superstar, Bryce Harper. It was a disastrous season for Washington as they failed to make the postseason.
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Nonetheless, these are all just rumors but expect more rumblings as the deadline approaches. With the MLB Draft finished, the focus shifts in the All-Star game and eventually the trade deadline on August 1, 2016.
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