Aroldis Chapman has been dealt by the New York Yankees to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a package of players. Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports is reporting that the deal for the the flamethrower is complete and will include the Cubs top prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres.

New York gets back a good haul

The Yankees got more than just Torres back in the deal for Aroldis Chapman as they also raked in former first round pick, outfielder Billy McKinney, and will have a reunion with pitcher Adam Warren, who was dealt to the Cubs by the Yankees this past off-season in the Starlin Castro trade. The Yankees will also receive outfielder Rashad Crawford to round out the whole transaction.

The Cubs are all in

This move just proves that the Cubs are not messing around in their quest to end their 108 year World Series championship drought. Chicago hasn't even appeared in a World Series since 1945, but that could all end this year. Ever since Theo Epstein arrived on the scene back in 2011 there has been a steady hand at the helm and the team has become one of the best in baseball. Epstein knows how to break epic bad streaks as he was the general manager for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 when they won their first World Series in 86 years. If Epstein brings a championship to the Cubs he will secure a place in Cooperstown.

Are the Yankees sellers?

As for the Yankees the move seems to indicate that they are throwing in the towel on the 2016 season.

The team has played well as of late and are just 4 1/2 games out of the last wild card spot. Although the team could have used Chapman down the stretch, they needed to deal him so that they got something for their investment instead of just seeing him walk away in free agency at the end of the year.

Now fans will need to wait and see if the Yankees decide to jettison a few more veterans or make a play for that wild card spot. Chances are the Yankees will deal Carlos Beltran next and maybe even check if they can get anything for guys like Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia. By the end of July the Yankees roster could be almost unrecognizable.

Winners and losers

So as with any trade the question becomes who got the better end of the deal. The Cubs got their man but they gave up a bunch of talent. That is one of the reasons you bulk up your minor league system so that you can make moves like this when a deep playoff run in within your grasp. The Yankees bought Aroldis Chapman at a discounted rate from the Cincinnati Reds this off-season because of the domestic violence allegations swirling around the lefty at the time. They got a few good months from him and then spun him for the Cubs best prospect, another top 100 prospect and a pitcher that could be in the rotation or bullpen right now. Not a bad return for the Yankees. In the end both teams could wind up winners if the Cubs make the World Series.

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