It had to be done. The embarrassment of riches in closers dictated that this was the area to use to maximize the one area of value the New York Yankees possessed. Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban free agent uber-closer with his 100 mph fastballs could only help the Yankees in one dimension of the game.
But the trade to the Chicago Cubs will make the Yankees better today and tomorrow. New York has won four in a row and are making a run finally for the A.L Wild-Card second spot.
These are the reasons why the Chapman trade will benefit the Yankees all around.
1- YOUNG TALENT
The Yankees acquired four players, three of them top prospects with 19-year old shortstop Gleyber Torres, the 24th ranked prospect in all of baseball, the prize. He plays with a maturity of a player who will remind many of a similiar player, a guy named Derek Jeter. In addition, New York got lefty batter Billy McKinney, Oakland’s number one pick in 2013. The 21-year old is ranked 75 in the top 100 prospect list. Rashad Crawford, at 22, is an outfielder of the future.
2-MIDDLE RELIEF NEED
The fourth player acquired was Adam Warren, who returns to the Yankees after being traded to Chicago to acquire Starlin Castro. His versatility as a starter and middle reliever restores a major need for New York.
3- AROLDIS CHAPMAN
The Yankees are aware that Chapman will be available next season as a free agent and can be re-acquired which will mean New York regains value and loses nothing in this trade. This also makes it possible to deal current closer Andrew Miller, who will be 32 next season for more prospects or quality players.
The trade changed the dynamics of the team and sent a message that they are going to continue to build the correct way but still have an eye on current success. The Yankees have more quality young players than at anytime since the Core Four years. Now, with big contracts coming off the books in the next two years, New York will gain flexibility to add key veterans to the mix to complement the youth culture and allow New York to not only make a legitimate run at the 2016 postseason but greater success in the long run.