The Yankees have acquired shutdown closer Aroldis Chapman for four minor leaguers, notably Eric Jagielo and Rookie Davis. Together with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, Chapman puts the Yanks bullpen in discussion for the best of all time.
As most of you know, Chapman is under investigation for domestic violence charges. A suspension is a possibility, but clearly that wasn’t an issue and the Yankees were willing to take that risk. When I say “risk”, it may even be a plus for the Yankees. If Chapman is suspended for more than 138 days, not games, the team gains an extra year, due to his service time. When a player is drafted, the team he signs with receives six years of service time of that player, after which he hits free agency. (Much more complicated than that, there are intricacies such as Super Two, etc.) Chapman is at 5.034 years according to Baseball-Reference, which leaves him with 138 days until his sixth year.
According to a tweet by Jack Curry, Brian Cashman spoke to Andrew Miller and he is okay with pitching whatever inning he is given by the team. The expectation is Betances in the seventh, Miller in the eighth, and Chapman in the ninth, unless the Yanks go unconventional route and use them differently.
Eric Jagielo is a third baseman with high potential, if he can stay healthy. Rookie Davis, the other big piece from the trade who the Reds think highly of, throws mid-90s heat with a big curve and sharp slider. The Reds see him as a future starter.
Chapman has recorded 30 saves in every season since 2012, striking out over 15 per nine innings during ever year in that span. The southpaw is the hardest throwing pitcher in the history of the game, easily hitting triple-digits on the gun each time out. Chapman has thrown 1,241 pitches over 100 miles-per-hour since 2011, more than the rest of the MLB combined over that span.
The Yankees must also be thinking about the draft pick they will receive at the end of the season if Chapman decides to sign elsewhere.
The trio of unhittable relievers combined for a 1.70 ERA and 347 K’s last season. Have fun with that, AL East hitters.
Isaac Sasson – Follow me on Twitter @iSas03
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