In the wake of rapid reports regarding a trade with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, New York will announce players traded for closer Aroldis Chapman tomorrow.
Earlier in this crazy evening, it was reported that the Cubs had offered their number one prospect, Gleyber Torres and more for the flamethrowing closer but since then, more has been reported.
Outfielder Jorge Soler was reported to be in the mix as well as unnamed sources confirming that Chicago demonstrated some interest in Carlos Beltran, Nathan Eovaldi, and Michael Pineda as this trade is shaping up to become a blockbuster of a deal.
Until the supposed announcement takes place tomorrow, all we can do is follow the reports and speculate. However, New York has a chance to receive baseball’s 24-best prospect and Soler for a closer that they basically got for nothing.
Think about it.
They got one of baseball’s hottest commodities off the clearance rack but third baseman Eric Jagielo, second baseman Tony Renda, and right-handed pitchers Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham aren’t necessarily “top” prospects.
In fact, only Davis and Jagielo rank inside the Cincinnati Reds Top-30 prospects and they have been left out of the top 10, according to MLB Pipeline.
Yes, they are giving up a huge chance to make a run at the playoffs by getting rid of one of their strengths but this team needs to accumulate young talent – which is exactly what they plan on doing.