The Yankees have told clubs that they are “close” to trading closer Aroldis Chapman, and will keep set-up man Andrew Miller, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports.
Chapman, 28, is one of the biggest names rumored to be on the trading block ahead of Major League Baseball’s Aug. 1 deadline. The Yankees have reportedly been “aggressive” in shopping Chapman, with the Nationals, Giants and Cubs all interested in the flamethrowing lefthander.
In 29 1/3 innings this season, Chapman has converted 20 of 21 save opportunities, and tied his own record for fastest pitch in big-league history at 105.1 mph.
Miller served as New York’s closer in 2015, and would likely slide into the role should Chapman be moved. Dellin Betances, currently serving as the team’s seventh-inning arm, would become the set-up man, a role he has also held before.
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