The Cubs paid a steep price to acquire reliever Aroldis Chapman. But they got the best available player to fill their most glaring weakness.
Eric Karabell analyzes the Yankees-Cubs trade, noting a thriving closer loses much of his value, and other ripples for both teams.
Ian Fitzsimmons and Mike Golic Jr. share their thoughts on the Cubs' acquisition of Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees for four players and how Chapman benefits Chicago.
Aroldis Chapman fills a big need for the Chicago Cubs. Here's what he brings to the back end of Chicago's bullpen.
Chris Sale's trade status is up in the air
Saturday's incident will certainly go into White Sox lore and uniform lore and spoiled athlete lore, but will it affect Sale's rumored trade status? Of course not. Will Chicago look to deal him, though? Five things we learned Sunday
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Aroldis Chapman just told me he's still in Houston; headed to Chicago this afternoon.
Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opens Big Ten media days by offering thoughts and prayers for the friends and families of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who died in a car crash over the weekend. "It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that I kick off here this morning," he said.
Watch: Day 1 at Big Ten media days
Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Penn State's James Franklin are among the coaches at Big Ten media days on Monday. Ohio State's Urban Meyer will take the podium on Tuesday. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN
Cabrera comes up clutch once more
Melky Cabrera hit a walk-off single in the White Sox's regularly scheduled game on Sunday. Cabrera has produced 13 game-ending hits since he made his MLB debut on July 7, 2005. The only other major league players with at least 13 walk-off hits over that span are Ryan Zimmerman (14) and Albert Pujols (13), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Aroldis Chapman is headed to Chicago after the Yankees agreed to trade the star closer to the Cubs for a four-player package. The deal was first reported by FanRag Sports and confirmed by ESPN.
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.
Bullpen isn't only issue for Cubs
As much as Chicago's relief corps has gotten the attention ahead of the trade deadline, the team could also stand to improve its offensive performance in close games.
Sale, White Sox have struggled together
Chris Sale hasn't been himself in his last 10 starts, and, unsurprisingly, the White Sox have struggled much more as a result.
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!"
Joe Nathan shakes off the rust quick
Pitching in a major league game for the first time since April 6, 2014, Nathan, 41, became the oldest reliever to strike out three batters in an appearance since Mariano Rivera in 2013.
Is help on the way for Cubs' bullpen?
Chicago is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire fire-balling closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees. Chapman could provide a big boost to a bullpen that has struggled of late.
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)
Naturally, Jim Harbaugh will be the center of attention, but there will be plenty of big topics to cover when the Big Ten kicks off its media days.
Would a Sale deal involve Sox for Sox?
Jim Bowden remains leery of the AL Cy Young favorite being dealt. But if White Sox GM Rick Hahn parts with Chris Sale, Bowden sees Boston as the most likely landing spot. Top trade targets/best fits (Insider)
Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer
With Big Ten media days kicking off in Chicago, the league has announced its preseason honors list. Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is the headliner, but there is no shortage of star power returning to the conference this fall.