Yan­kees deal closer Chap­man to the Cubs for prospects

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs ac­quired hard-throw­ing re­liever Aroldis Chap­man in a trade with the New York Yan­kees on Monday, giv­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Na­tional League Cen­tral lead­ers a boost as they try for their first World Se­ries ti­tle in more than a cen­tury.

The Cubs paid a steep price, parting with top short­stop prospect Gley­ber Tor­res and ver­sa­tile pitcher Adam War­ren in the four-player pack­age go­ing to the Yan­kees.

But there is no doubt­ing the tal­ent of the 28-year-old Chap­man, who went 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves in 31 games with New York. He threw a 105.1 m.p.h. fast­ball to Bal­ti­more’s J.J. Hardy last Monday night, match­ing the fastest since Ma­jor League Base­ball be­gan track­ing speeds in 2008.

The Yan­kees made the de­ci­sion to trade Chap­man af­ter his agents said he would not agree to a new con­tract that would start in 2017, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the talks said. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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