Pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is going to the New York Yankees, in exchange for four Yankee minor league players. In the baseball trades, two Yankee right handed pitchers Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham, and two infield players, Tony Renda and Eric Jagielo will go to the Cincinnati Reds. With the addition of Chapman, the Yankees have him and two other great pitchers, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

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Yankee’s baseball trades could help pitching staff make history

if the Yankees keep all three pitchers, the team would make MLB history as they would be the first baseball team to have three pitchers that all have 100 or more strikeouts in relief from the previous season. Plus, Chapman would also help the team get a lockdown bullpen arrangement that could possibly help them reduce the demands on their pitching rotation so each would only have to pitch for six innings.

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Chapman trade also comes with risk

One problem, however, is that things are still up in the air regarding Chapman. Law officials in Florida, as well as in the MLB, are still investigating an alleged occurrence in which Chapman alledgedly attacked and choked his girlfriend on October 30th, as well as firing eight shots from a handgun into a garage at his home in Davie, Florida. Due to this domestic issue, many baseball teams are said to have not even considered obtaining Chapman, no matter how hard he throws or how good his pitching may be, as they considered him to be a person with a temper, and a lack of restraint who could lead the team into legal or moral issues.

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In fact, one team that neglected to trade for Chapman was the Dodgers, who refused to finalize a potential trade for Chapman due to this. However, the Yankees are said to have done their homework regarding Chapman, and are giving him a chance.

Chapman has serious stats, such as a 2.00 ERA, and can throw the ball at 130 mph en route to being considered by many as the best strikeout pitcher in the history of the game.

So, while most teams decided against baseball trades to pick up Chapman, the Yankees look to capitalize on their decision to pick him up despite the domestic violence allegations.

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