After a years-long saga of trade rumors, and an agreement earlier this month on a deal with the Dodgers before it fell through, Aroldis Chapman was finally traded by the Reds on Monday, as Cincinnati sent the talented but troubled closer to the New York Yankees.
The Nationals were interested in Chapman before his allegations of domestic abuse came to light. The Miami Marlins, however, were apparently in on Chapman until the very end.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins also pursued Chapman before the Reds chose New York's offer. The Yankees gave up a group of prospects that included former Nationals second round pick Tony Renda.
The Yankees acquiring Chapman raises questions about their bullpen, given they already had one of the best setup-closer combinations in baseball. Will they keep Chapman along with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller? Who pitches the seventh, and will they be okay with that role?
Chapman going to the Yankees could be good for the Nationals and other teams looking for help in the backend of their bullpen, if the Yankees choose to deal from depth. It could also be good for the Marlins, if they are serious about acquiring a closer.
Right now the Yankees have three star relievers with the ability to close. Miller has surfaced in trade rumors this offseason and at this point it would not be surprising if those talks ramp up now that Chapman is in the Bronx.