Yankees Close to Trading Chapman to Cubs

Written by Pete Caldera at USAToday.com

Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t have any of the bullpen’s Big Three available Sunday afternoon due to their recent heavy workload.

And he might not have Aroldis Chapman available much longer, period.

As the front office sorted through trade scenarios involving their flame-throwing closer, the Yankees rode starter Nathan Eovaldi’s strong effort to a 5-2 interleague win against the Giants at Yankee Stadium.

Afterward, Chapman said that his agent is being kept in the loop on trade discussions.

“There’s a lot of rumors and stuff out there right now. I don’t have any information,” Chapman said through an interpreter. “If the team wants to trade me, they have the last say.”

The Nationals, Cubs and Indians have figured prominently in the chase for Chapman, with the Giants, Dodgers and Rangers also involved.

According to an industry source, the Yankees and Cubs were closing in on a deal that would send top Chicago shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, and possibly additional players, to the Bronx.

The trade of Chapman was still pending Hal Steinbrenner’s approval.

Chapman pledged to keep his concentration on pitching, but admitted “it’s tough” to imagine leaving the Yankees.

“I feel comfortable here,” Chapman said. “I feel like part of the family here.”

And if presented a chance this winter, Chapman could see himself rejoining the Yankees as a free agent. “Oh yeah,” Chapman said. “If there’s a possibility and God willing.”

During a just-completed 10-game homestand, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner was apprised of ideas by GM Brian Cashman and his staff leading up to the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

A trade of Chapman would return Andrew Miller to the closer’s role and Dellin Betanceswould occupy the eighth-inning spot — the same bullpen tandem that helped the Yanks to an AL wild card last season.

But that 2015 club wasn’t 7½ games out of first place last July 25, with four teams above them in the chase for the two wild-card spots.

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