The division rival New York Yankees have acquired star reliever Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Reds will receive minor leaguers in exchange. Jack Curry of the YES Network first reported that a deal was close. The prospects heading to the Reds are Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, and Tony Renda.
Chapman, 27, has been one of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball in parts of six seasons. He will join Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller in an extremely talented bullpen. However, Chapman may not be able to play for some time as he is currently facing domestic violence allegations that could lead to a suspension. Earlier in the offseason it appeared as though Chapman could be headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the deal fell apart, potentially due to these allegations. The 6'4 lefty is one year away from free agency, and averaged 99.4 mph with his fastball last season.
Jagielo, 23, was ranked as the Yankees 6th best prospect on MLB.com. He is a left-handed hitting third baseman who posted a very strong 141 wRC+ across 58 games in AA last season. Davis, 22, is a right-handed starting pitcher who ranked #10 on the list. He posted a 2.22 FIP across 19 starts in high-A ball last season, before posting a 3.21 FIP in six games in AA.
Cotham, 28, is too old to make the prospect list but did have a very strong season in 2015. He is a 6'3 right-handed reliever who appeared in both AA and AAA last season, before appearing in 12 games for the New York Yankees. He posted a 2.42 FIP in AA and a 2.32 FIP in AAA. Renda, 24, is a 5'8 second baseman that played in AA last season. He posted a 103 wRC+ during his time on the Trenton Thunder (AA) in 2015.