Reports: Yankees trade Aroldis Chapman to Cubs

July 25, 2016

In the end, Aroldis Chapman’s stay in New York wasn’t very long.

The Yankees and Cubs have reportedly agreed to a blockbuster deal that has the star reliever heading from New York to Chicago for four players.

In return, the Yankees will get 19-year-old minor league shortstop Gleyber Torres, who is the Cubs’ top prospect, pitcher Adam Warren, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, and one other player.

Warren was sent from the Yankees to the Cubs in the Starlin Castro deal last off-season.

The trade of Chapman returns Andrew Miller to the closer’s role, while Dellin Betances occupies the eighth-inning spot.

On Sunday, Chapman had pledged to keep his concentration on pitching, but admitted “it’s tough” to imagine leaving the Yankees.

“I feel comfortable here,” Chapman said after the Yankees’ game on Sunday. “I feel like part of the family here.”

And if presented a chance this winter, Chapman could see himself rejoining the Yankees as a free agent. “Oh yeah,” Chapman said. “If there’s a possibility and God willing.”