Aroldis Chapman's stay in the Bronx lasted all of seven months. He was dealt to the Cubs on Monday, in exchange for four prospects - one of which could eventually be the next big star for the Yankees.
"I want to thank the New York Yankees for trusting and supporting me, and I wish nothing but the best for the Yankees organization and my former teammates," Chapman said in a statement.
It seems to be a good deal for the Yankees, who land coveted shortstop Gleyber Torres. The 19-year-old Torres was the top-ranked prospect in the Cubs' system and was ranked No. 27 overall in Baseball America's Midseason Top 100 rankings. The Yanks also landed outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Adam Warren and outfielder Rashad Crawford in the deal.
Despite the Yankees having tremendous depth at the shortstop position throughout their major and minor league systems, shortstops are typically considered the most versatile players on a roster and can be moved around. The Yankees gave up minor leaguers Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, Tony Renda and Caleb Cotham to obtain Chapman this past December, but none of those players are considered to have the potential of a player like Torres.
Chapman's time in New York will mostly be remembered for his off-field issues. He had to serve a 30-game suspension at the start of this season for a domestic violence incident that took place last year.
"Obviously, we are aware of the circumstances surrounding Chapman's suspension earlier this season," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "We are also aware that he cooperated fully with the league investigation and takes responsibility for his actions."