The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs were both winners in the Aroldis Chapma trade, but the Yankees got the best of it because of shrewd tactics from Brian Cashman.
It can be said that the Chicago Cubs knew what they wanted and needed to make the run to a World Series title – and they got it in spades. Acquiring closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees shores up the back end of their bullpen, which is bound to be vital in the playoffs.
The trouble is though that he will be widely sought after as a free agent after this season. But, a rental is good enough for now as the Cubs are all in for the World Series this year.
But look at what that bad boy Brian Cashman did. We’ll never know what his true thinking was, but what if it was something like this…….He guessed correctly that the Cubs would never give up Kyle Schwarber in any deal and that the Cubs coveted Chapman.
Then, he lit the fire in the media causing the Cubs to defend their stance on not trading Schwarber while heaping all kinds of praise on him.
At that point, Cashman had them right where he wanted them because he could say, “Okay, Schwarber is a non starter, so let’s talk prospects”, knowing full well that the Theo Epstein was still salivating over Chapman. It’s called the art of the deal and Cashman managed it brilliantly.
Gleyber Torres, a shortstop and number 1 prospect of the Cubs is the main prize in the deal for the Yankees. At 19, he fits nicely into the mold of the Yankees need to get younger. Billy McKinney, a former 1st round pick of the Oakland A’s, was also acquired in the deal.
It remains to be seen how this will shake out a year or two from now when Torres is ready for the show, and how that will affect the likes of Didi Gregorius, but that is a matter for another day. For now, it’s a tip of the hat to Brian Cashman and the art of deal making.