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Yankees add fireballer Chapman to stacked bullpen

NEW YORK (TSX) -- The New York Yankees acquired left-handed All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The Yankees will send right-handers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda to Cincin...

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The New York Yankees have acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for four minor league players. USA Today Sports

NEW YORK (TSX) - The New York Yankees acquired left-handed All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
The Yankees will send right-handers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda to Cincinnati. Davis and Jagielo are top 10 prospects in the Yankees' system.
Chapman, 27, had a 1.63 ERA in 65 appearances last season, when he led MLB with 15.74 strikeouts per nine innings. The only reliever with more strikeouts is new Yankees teammate Dellin Betances (131).
The deal comes three weeks after a proposed trade to send Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers broke down after reports that police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the pitcher in October.
"I can tell you that obviously we completed this transaction today and to the best of our abilities, we have researched as much as we can," general manager Brian Cashman said. "So we know there's a process that's playing out and it will continue to play out and the results will be whatever they will be and that's the extent that I can comment on it at this this time."
The Yankees had their own All-Star reliever in left-hander Andrew Miller as closer last season. He could be a set-up man in a reconfigured bullpen or Miller might be dealt for a starting pitcher.
New York acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs earlier this month, parting with right-hander Adam Warren, which heightens the need for another arm in the rotation.

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