The New York Yankees are looking to make a push for a spot in the playoffs as rumors are swirling that they are close to trading Aroldis Chapman for Chicago Cubs’ Gleyber Torres.
The 28-year-old from Cuba has been a superb closer for the Yankees with his fastball. Chapman told ESPN that he does not put his mind on the trade talks. He added that he wants to focus on the game and lets his agent worry about the talks. Aside from the Cubs, other teams offering for a trade for him includes the Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.
“There’s a lot of rumors and stuff out there right now,” Chapman said Sunday through an interpreter. “I don’t have any information but my agent did say that they’re talking to him, but that’s all I have. I just concentrate on my job. When I go out there to pitch, that’s what I need to focus on.”
Chapman signed a one-year deal with the Yankees worth $11.325 million and will become an unrestricted free agent next year. The Yankees knew they might lose him, thereby engaging in trade talks could prove beneficial for them as they could get something out of it in the end. In their talks with the Cubs, the Yankees would get shortstop Gleyber Torres.
The 19-year-old Venezuelan could be a future prospect for the Yankees. Torres played for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Minors before being assigned to the Cubs. For Chapman, he averages 2.01 ERA with 20 saves, 44 strikeouts and 0.89 WHIP. Some of his teammates hope he would not be traded with the deadline set on Aug. 1.
“We don’t want to see him go,” the first baseman said. “We’re trying to win games, and he’s a big part of that. We want him here,” Mark Teixeira said of Chapman.
Heard from multiple sources that Hal Steinbrenner still hasn't given go-ahead to Brian Cashman to trade Aroldis Chapman. So nothing imminent
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 24, 2016
Things are taking its toll after the All-Star break and the Yankees are trying to beat the trade deadline. They are hoping to finish the talks with the Cubs to be able to ship Chapman and take in Torres in the process.
Cubs close to acquiring Aroldis Chapman, pending an extension, for prospect Gleyber Torres. Clubs haven’t confirmed. https://t.co/S28oyy6qdR
— MLB (@MLB) July 25, 2016
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) July 25, 2016
The Yankees are looking at an investment with Torres and they hope the trade talks with the Cubs would go smoothly. They are looking at Torres as their future star but Yankee players are still crossing their fingers that Chapman would come back and finish what they have started this year.
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