So the Yankees gave up RHPs Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and INFs Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. It seems the price did drop on Chapman.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 28, 2015
The Yankees have traded for Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who throws 100 miles per hour and arrives with significant baggage as an accused domestic abuser.
The price was four non-elite prospects: infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda, and right-handed pitchers Caleb Coltham and Rookie Davis.
If they retain incumbent closer Andrew Miller and lights-out setup man Dellin Betances, the Yankees would have a monster bullpen that includes last season’s top three relievers in strikeouts per nine innings. However, a trade of Miller remains a possibility as the Yankees look to get younger this offseason.
But the acquisition is not without major alarms. Chapman was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident in October that scuttled a previous trade agreement between the Reds and Dodgers when it surfaced in early December.