Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Source says the Cubs have been told that Hal Steinbrenner has signed off on trading Aroldis Chapman so no obstacles left to block 4-for-1 deal. Yankees would get SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Andrew Warren, OF Billy McKinney & a 4th player.

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Cubs know what they'd get in Chapman

Velocity, and plenty of it. The Cubs and Yankees are reportedly close to a deal involving Aroldis Chapman. Since the left-hander's first season in 2010, he has 1,513 pitches at 100 mph or faster. That's more than the next 18 pitchers on the list combined, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is what Aroldis Chapman told me when I asked him whether he wanted to finish the season with the Yankees: "Yes, that's what I would want to happen… but these rumors are getting pretty strong!"

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Chapman, Cubs are logical pairing

Jim Bowden isn't getting in the way of reports that Aroldis Chapman could soon be headed from Yankee Stadium to Wrigley Field. The Cubs top Bowden's list of likely landing spots for the fire-balling left-hander. Top trade targets/best fits (Insider)

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Here is scouting report on Gleyber Torres: Torres: Future All Star: Plus defender with good hitting instincts/advanced approach for age, improving offensive value....solid average hitter.....more power than people think 15-18 HR potential Great hand-eye coordination ..Avg runner but better underway, plus defender with plus arm. Cubs best prospect not in major leagues.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

So when this Yankees, Cubs deal is completed today...this is what we'll know: 1. Cubs remain team to beat and favorite to win World Series as Chapman is a difference maker in post-season because of ability to shut down Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy of Nats and lefty lineup of Giants. 2. Yankees got Cubs best prospect not in big leagues and potential future all star. 3. Yankees got far more for Chapman and I mean far more than what they gave up to get him. For more after it's official join us on Baseball Tonight 10 & 12.

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Cubs getting close on Chapman deal (1:05)

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees are 36-3 when leading after six innings this year. They were 66-3 last year, according to ESPN's Stats and Info's Megan O'Donnell. In other words, Aroldis Chapman has put on a show in the 9th, but he hasn't really made the Yankees better.