Reports: Yanks close to making Chapman trade

The New York Yankees have told teams they are close to making a trade that would ship out closer Aroldis Chapman, according to multiple reports.

Yankees focused on dealing Chapman, and could trade him soon

Buster Olney has the latest on the trade talks for two key Yankees relievers, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, noting a Chapman deal could be close.

The Yankees, meanwhile, are planning to retain left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, according to reports.

Reports indicate that the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians are among the teams interested in acquiring Chapman.

There is no immediate timetable for a Chapman trade, though any deal would presumably need to be completed by the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

Known for a fastball that can reach 105 mph, Chapman was suspended for the first 30 games of the season under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy for his involvement in an alleged incident in October.

Before the suspension was handed down, the Cuban-born lefty was acquired by the Yankees in January from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four minor leaguers. The 28-year-old, seven-year veteran has 20 saves with a 2.01 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 0.89 WHIP this season. He agreed to a one-year contract for $11.325 million in February to avoid salary arbitration.

The Yankees are 7½ games back in the American League East behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and 4½ games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the second wild-card berth.

Miller, 31, has a 1.45 ERA with 74 strikeouts and a 0.76 WHIP. He is under contract through 2018.

Fox Sports first reported the Yankees’ plan to deal Chapman.

Information from ESPN’s Andrew Marchand and Buster Olney was used in this report.

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