By Steve Adams
The Yankees are one of five teams that are “aggressively pursuing” a trade for Reds closerAroldis Chapman, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The Yankees have already been connected to Craig Kimbrel this morning.
Nightengale doesn’t list the other four teams believed to be hot after Chapman, though Jon Heyman of CBS reported yesterday that the Diamondbacks have an offer on the table to the Reds.
Adding Chapman to the back of a bullpen that already includes Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances would give the Yankees perhaps the best late-inning relief trio in all of baseball. Adding a premium bullpen arm appears to be the focus for the Yankees now that a number of starting pitchers have already landed with other teams. New York, though, has been said to be unwilling to part with top prospects Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Jorge Mateo in talks for Kimbrel, so it would stand to reason that they’re reluctant to do with Chapman as well, who comes with far less control. He can be a free agent after the 2016 season.