The New York Yankees have acquired Aroldis Chapman in a deal with the Cincinnati Reds.  Chapman joins Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, for now, forming the best bullpen baseball has ever seen!


The Yankees have announced the trade. (Rookie) Davis is indeed in the deal, and he’ll head to Cincinnati alongside third baseman Eric Jagielo, second baseman Tony Renda and right-hander Caleb Cotham - MLBTradeRumors.

Original December 7th

9:28pm: Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty says that a trade of Chapman may be delayed by several weeks, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon tweets. That’s certainly far from the most important element of this story, of course. But a delay in completing a transaction also seems to represent only the minimum potential impact on Chapman’s marketability. - MLB Trade Rumors

Chapman joins Kenley Jansen at the back of the Dodgers bullpen and it will be nearly impossible for opposing teams to put the ball in play in the 8th and 9th innings.


Chapman first came to the United States from Cuba in 2010 when the Reds signed him as an amateur free agent. Since that summer, when Chapman debuted in August, there have been 45 relief pitchers with 400+ IPAs seen in Buster's tweet, none have a higher K/IP than Chapman.  Chapman has a 49.7% K rate against leftires for his career!

However, he is one of just four pitchers to allow 4+ BB/9, joining the likes of Mike Dunn, John Axford and Fernando Rodney.  You take the great with the bad.

His ability to limit opposing hitters has led to a 4th best ERA among those 45 relievers, behind Craig Kimbrel, Koji Uehara and Darren O'Day.  Chapman allowed just 0.48 HR/9  at one of baseball most hitter friendly parks.

Luke Scott is the only lefty to ever hit a home run off Chapman.


The Dodgers lost Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks last week in free agency.  Greinke will get $34 mil per year, and that was just to much for the team with the highest payroll in the league.  They did however think Chase Utley was worth $7 for one more year.  Instead, behind Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have Brett Anderson, Hyun-jin Ryu and Alex Wood.  Not exactly the best rotation in baseball.
Yankees Acquire Aroldis Chapman from Reds