Report: Yankees ‘close’ to trading Chapman, will keep Miller

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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.

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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.

– Kenny Ducey

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