The New York Yankees are on the verge of making a move.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are telling teams that they are close to trading left-handed relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
Rosenthal clarifies his statement in a follow-up report. A trade of Chapman is not necessarily imminent, however, the Yankees are ready to bring the process of dealing him to a conclusion. So while Chapman may not be traded today, a trade appears to be coming in the next few.
The 28-year-old fireballer from Cuba has had a successful year serving as the Yankees' closer. After missing the season's first 30 games due to a domestic violence suspension, Chapman has returned to his former form.
In 30 games this season, Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA in 29 1/3 innings pitched. He has a 41 to 8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, good for a 2.05 FIP. Chapman has converted 20 of his 21 save opportunities this season.
The Nationals, Cubs, Giants and Indians have been in on Chapman over the past few weeks, as Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reiterates.
Stay tuned for more updates.