The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs are nearing a trade involving Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
And it could be a larger deal than simply a two-for-one. Cubs reliever Adam Warren and shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres would be part of the trade.
Chapman has been the subject of intense interest as the Yankees seem to be willing to be sellers as the trade deadline approaches. The 28-year-old closer has 20 saves with a 2.01 ERA this season despite missing the season’s first 30 games while serving a suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy.
Chapman would be joining a Cubs team that has baseball’s best record at 59-38. Current Cubs closer Hector Rondon has 18 saves and a 1.95 ERA and likely would move into an eighth-inning role. Chapman and Rondon are two of the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball, both having reached 100-mph on the radar gun.