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Yankees Land A Cuban Missile, Aroldis Chapman


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What would be the dream of any New York Yankees fan?,  maybe to land the hardest thrower in the majors and stick him in the back of the bullpen along with lefty Andrew Miller and right hander Dellin Betances.

Well that is just what New York accomplished on Monday as they sent four prospects to Cincinnati in return for hard throwing lefty Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman, 27, began his dominance in the National League in 2012 when he saved 43 games for the Reds, and continuing the trend in 2013 (43), 2014 (36) and 2015 (33) to go along with a career 2.17 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 546 strikeouts in 319 innings of relief.

The Cuban Missile, as he is known by fans and teammates, is a four-time all-star, who also finished in the top eight for the Cy Young award in 2012.

In 2015, Chapman was 4-4, with a 1.63 ERA, and a 116 strikeouts in 66.1 innings.

The Reds received right-handed pitching prospects Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis, along with infield prospects Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda.

This past season, Cotham appeared in 12 games with the Yankees, posting a 1-0 record with a 6.52 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings. Davis started out the season with Class-A+ Tampa Yankees posting a 6-6 record, with a 3.70 ERA, with 105 strikeouts in 97.1 innings, before moving up to Double-A Trenton and finishing 2-1, with a 4.32 ERA, and 24 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.

Jagielo played for Double-A Trenton ion 2015 and batted .284, with nine home runs, and 35 RBI’s in 222 at bats. Renda came over to the Yankees on June 11, 2015, in a trade with the Nationals sending David carpenter to Washington. Renda, combined with both the Nats and Yanks Double-A squad batted .269, with 73 runs, 30 doubles, three home runs and 44 RBI’s, and 23 stolen bases, in 480 at bats.

David Conde
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