With the Yankees showing interest in relievers, it’s quite clear they’re attempting to take a page out of the Kansas City Royals postseason book, where the bullpen ends the game after six innings. In their quest to create a dominant bullpen, the Yankees have been asking around for relief pitching, and one of the potential talks just got serious.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, the Yankees are aggressively pursing Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. If the Yankees are unable to get Craig Kimbrel and Carter Capps, it’s possible the Yankees could use the same package they’ve put together for Kimbrel and Capps for the Reds. Chapman would be under team control for a year before becoming a free agent in 2017, but the Yankees are thinking of a ‘win-now’ situation.
Chapman is 3-4 with a 1.65 ERA, 77 strikeouts and a 1.191 WHIP in 43.2 innings with the Reds.
(And if you need a reason as to why the Yankees should pursue Chapman, here’s a video of Chapman pitching in the 2015 All-Star Game…and baffling Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira).