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59-38, 1st in NL Cent

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman just told me he's still in Houston; headed to Chicago this afternoon.

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Chapman a game-changer for Cubs (2:08)
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Source: Yanks agree to trade Chapman to Cubs

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.

Stats & Info

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.

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!"

Stats & Info

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.

Stats & Info

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.

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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)

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

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.

Elias Stein
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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.

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Sources: Yankees, Cubs talking Chapman deal

The Cubs and Yankees are in talks to send pitcher Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in exchange for top-rated prospect Gleyber Torres, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Gleyber Torres is a 19-year-old shortstop in the Cubs' system. He is hitting .275 with 9 homers and 47 RBIs at Single-A. He has a .791 OPS. Colleague Buster Olney reported the Yankees are high on him, making him a possible target in an Aroldis Chapman trade. If the Yankees were to make a deal for Torres, it would demonstrate their commitment to adding overall talent to the organization instead of just looking for certain positions since shortstop is a franchise strength led by Didi Gregorius.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Word out of Myrtle Beach is that Gleyber Torres was scratched about 20 minutes before first pitch due to a "headache" but there's no actual confirmation on that being the actual reason he wasn't in the lineup. He was in the dugout for most of the game. Cubs farm director Jaron Madison is there as rumors swirl about a trade going down involving Torres.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs SS Addison Russell discuss his heel injury which he says isn't serious.

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon was clearly pleased by Joe Nathan's sparkling recovery (0:43)
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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was clearly pleased by Joe Nathan's sparkling recovery from a rocky beginning.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs4944th
Batting Average.25515th
On Base Percentage.3462nd
Slugging Percentage.43010th
Earned Run Average3.292nd
Quality Starts603rd
WHIP1.132nd
BAA.2151st

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