Right before the calendar flipped to 2016, the Cincinnati Reds had traded Aroldis Chapman - for a second time that month.
First a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, originally agreed to on December 7th, fell apart as Chapman was dealing with a domestic violence issue.
Then on December 28th, the New York Yankees swooped in and traded Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, Tony Renda and Caleb Cotham to the Reds.
Now, just 7 months later, the Yankees are flipping the Cuban flamethrower back to the National League Central. The Chicago Cubs will trade Gleyber Torres , Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford to the Yankees. Warren was acquired this Winter, from New York, in the Starlin Castro deal.
Believe it or not, Chapman's 36% K-rate is is the lowest it's been in the last three year, down from 52.5% two year ago. However, he owns a career best 6.7% BB-rate. So even though his K/9 is now 12, down from 17, his K/BB is up to 5.5 from 4.42 in 2014.
Chapman is 20-21 in save opportunities with the Yankees.
He will take over the closer role for the Cubbies, knocking Hector Rondon to the setup role.Rondon has converted 18 of 22 save opportunities for 59 win Cubs. Like Chapman, Rondon has been lights out with a 35% K-rate and an even better 3.7% BB-rate. Rondon's WHIP ( 0.73) is actually better than Chapman's 0.89.
Chicago recently acquired Mike Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Dan Vogelbach.
The Cubs can now close games with the same fire power the Yankees have in Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Difference is, Chicago will be making a World Series run.