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Reports confirm Yankees, Cubs agree to swap Aroldis Chapman for four prospects

The Yankees are moving on from their fireball-throwing closer.
Aroldis Chapman was a solid closer during his brief tenure in pinstripes.Getty Images

It's probably safe to say there isn't a single Cubs fan alive who has seen their beloved baseball team win a World Series title. The first-place team is doing everything they can to end the nation's biggest title drought (108 years and counting), and according to several reports Chicago acquired Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for four prospects Monday.

According baseball insiderto JonHeyman, (from Today's Knuckleball)the Cubs will sendGleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren and "likely [one] more" to New York this week.

The Yankees, mired just around the .500 mark and unlikely to contend for a playoff spot, all but admit defeat and begin to turn their attention toward the next era of competitiveness.

Chapman, who makes headlines simply for his 103 mph fastball, has a2.01 ERA and20 saves this year with a very good strikeout to walk ratio to boot — 44 Kto just 8 BB.

It would not surprise many if the Yankees make a few more trades before the August 1 deadline.

The Cubs bullpen recently activated former closer Joe Nathan, and paired with Chapman the club hopes to shore up their inconsistent bullpen.

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