The Yankees have traded LH reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford, the team announced.
The Yankees discussed a potential contract extension with Chapman before trading him, but were rebuffed, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, is ranked the 15th-best prospect in baseball, according to ESPN's Keith Law. He was scratched from High-A Myrtle Beach's lineup on Sunday and would be considered the central figure the Yankees would receive in a potential deal for Chapman.
Chapman, 28, has recorded 20 saves and and struck out 44 batters in 31 1/3 innings for the Yankees this season. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
New York acquired Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason for a package of four minor leaguers.
Several other Yankees have been included in trade discussions, according to DiCaro, including Carlos Beltran, Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda, however Chapman is likely to be the only Yankee involved in a trade involving Torres, according to DiCaro.
The Yankees trading Chapman to the Cubs was a no-brainer baseball decision. And acquiring him during the offseason was also a solid move.
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