How’s that for something unexpected? I got a text from a friend yesterday afternoon while I was white-knuckling the drive home from work in a snow/sleet storm saying “Aroldis Chapman to the Yanks?” and I didn’t know how to take it. I didn’t know if he was asking me if I thought it was a good idea, if there was a rumor out there I wasn’t aware of, or if he was just trying to start a hot stove conversation. It didn’t occur to me that it might have actually been a trade the Yankees executed. But they did and the 4-for-1 swap was quickly announced and confirmed by both teams. This one really came out of nowhere.
Despite Chapman’s jaw-dropping on-field performance to date, this trade isn’t as fun to discuss as the Starlin Castro trade because of the circumstances surrounding Chapman presently. Let’s be honest, those circumstances – the domestic violence allegations against Chapman and the potential impending suspension under MLB’s new domestic violence policy – are the only reason the Yankees made this deal and Brian Cashman openly admitted that in his statements yesterday. … Click here to read the rest