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Cubs land closer Chapman from Yankees

The Chicago Cubs acquired flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees in a blockbuster trade Monday.Chapman will fill one of the few remaining holes on a loaded Chicago roster -- that of an experienced left-handed, late-inning...

The Chicago Cubs acquired flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees in a blockbuster trade Monday.
Chapman will fill one of the few remaining holes on a loaded Chicago roster - that of an experienced left-handed, late-inning reliever - as the first-place Cubs improved their chances to win their first World Series title since 1908.
Chapman is expected to join the Cubs for their game Tuesday against the cross-town rival Chicago White Sox.
The Cubs sent a four-player package to the Yankees - top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, minor league outfielder Billy McKinney, right-handed pitcher Adam Warren and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford.
Speculation circulated Monday morning that one reason why the teams had not announced the trade earlier was because the Cubs were attempting to sign Chapman to a long-term deal, ESPN reported. Chapman, a free agent after this season, is making $11.325 million.
Chapman, known for a fastball that can reach 105 mph, has been one of the biggest names rumored to be on the trading block.
Chapman has 166 saves over his seven-year major league career, the first six of which were with the Cincinnati Reds.
The 28-year-old Cuban who was suspended for the first 30 games of the season under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy for his involvement in an alleged incident in October, was 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA, 20 saves and 44 strikeouts with the Yankees this season.
Torres, 19, was the Cubs’ top-ranked prospect and No. 15 in baseball, according to ESPN baseball insider Keith Law. In 94 games for Class A Myrtle Beach this year, Torres batted .275 with a .359 on-base percentage, a .433 slugging percentage, nine homers and 47 RBIs. He had 19 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
McKinney, 21, was hitting .252 with one home run, 12 doubles and three triples in 88 games for Double-A Tennessee this season. He is a former first-round draft pick.
Warren, 28, is returning to the Yankees, with whom he began his major league career before being traded to the Cubs during the offseason for Starlin Castro. Warren was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA in 29 appearances with the Cubs, including one start.
Crawford, 22, was the Cubs’ 11th-round draft pick in 2012. He was hitting .255 with three homers, eight triples and 30 RBIs in 83 games with Myrtle Beach.

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