Yankees acquire Aroldis Chapman

As if the back of the Yankees bullpen wasn’t proficuous enough, the team has just consigned a quartet of minor leaguers to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four-time all-star Aroldis Chapman. Heading to Ohio are right handers Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham along with infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda.
Over his preceding six seasons in the MLB, Chapman has always had a FIP lower than his ERA, excluding last season, and has only had an ERA over 2.54 once in his career. Last year was a resplendent one for the flamethrower, posting a 1.63 ERA, and had a strikeout per nine of 15.7, the third highest total in his six years with the Reds. Some statistics did vaulter however, as the 27-year old only recorded 33 shutouts, a career-low. That stat does however have a major asterisk next to it, as the Reds had one of their worst campaigns in years. Despite his team’s prosaic play, the lefty still managed to tally his second highest strikeout total of his career with 116.
He made eight million last season in Cincinnati, and is expected to make upwards of $13 million through arbitration.
The conglomerate of Andrew Miller, Delin Betances and, now, Aroldis Chapman, form the scariest bullpen in all of Major League Baseball. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Chapman, Miller and Betances were the top three in strikeouts per nine last season. Chances are that the newly acquired Chapman will likely move right into the closer’s role.

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